Thursday, June 30, 2011

Property Tax Hike Prompts LaVergne citizens to petition to unincorporate

A group of unhappy La Vergne residents is lobbying to abolish their city’s government in the wake of steep tax increases and what they call mismanagement by their mayor and aldermen.

If the effort is successful, La Vergne would be absorbed into Rutherford County’s government.

To hold a special election on the fate of the city, the group will have to present a petition with the signatures of more than 5,000 registered La Vergne voters.

Stan Glasgow, owner of LaVergne Mini Storage, is among the group that started circulating a petition last week. Glasgow cited a 100 percent increase in the city’s property tax rate as the tipping point for him and other unhappy residents. The hike takes the city’s tax rate from 50 cents to $1.

“I know we can do it,” Glasgow said. “There’s enough outcry in this city going on right now that that should not be a problem at all.”

Starting Friday, La Vergne residents will pay the city $1 for every $100 of their property’s assessed value annually, doubling a tax rate that had been untouched for 18 years.