By Arnold Collins
Sevier County voters will have to wait until April 30 to vote on a .25–cent tax increase that could bring in as much as $8 million for school capital projects.
In a specially called meeting Monday, the Sevier County Commission Education, Budget and Steering Committees voted to postpone the referendum to comply with election commission rules.
School superintendent Dr. Jackie Parton stated that he was under the impression that they could have the referendum on April 3rd but when they took the resolution to the election commission they were informed that federal law requires them to give the election commission 45 days notice. The 45-day notice period is required in order to send the referendum to registered military voters.
Dr. Parton stated that the initial resolution needed to be rescinded and that a new resolution needed to be approved by the commission. Dr. Parton recommended the new date for the election be set for April 30th.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.