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Cooleemee OKs Tax Rate Increase – No Money Included For Annual ‘Clean Up’ Days

By Jackie Seabolt
Enterprise Record

COOLEEMEE – Taxes are going up 4 cents here.
The town council approved the upcoming fiscal year budget last week, which raises property tax from .39¢ to .42¢ per $100 valuation, but it wasn’t done without one board member voicing his disapproval at the removal of the only free service residents receive from the town.
“I can’t justify taxing the people 4 cents more and taking away the only thing they get for free from the town,” Commissioner Tommy Daywalt said.
The free service Daywalt was talking about is the annual fall bulky item curbside collection.
Commissioner Chris Branham told Daywalt the service had not been removed, but the fee for the service was removed from this year’s budget because commissioners were going to look at a cheaper way to provide the service.
In the past the town has paid $1,800 for the annual pickup and recycling of the items …