town view: Jeff Elliott“Buy in Farragut — It just makes good ‘cents’ for our Town.” This was the first tag line used in what is now the Shop Farragut program. In December 2006, the town of Farragut began the Buy in Farragut campaign as a long weekend event following the Thanks-giving holiday. The premise behind the event was for Farragut businesses to offer a sale, discount or special event to encourage citizens and visitors to shop, dine and stay in Farragut during the campaign. Through the years, the campaign was expanded and now the Shop Farragut program is administered by Farragut Business Alliance (farragutbusiness.com) with funding still provided by the town of Farragut.
The Shop Farragut campaign serves many important purposes in our community, including supporting local businesses that then support Farragut schools and non-profit organizations and saving time and gas for citizens. However, the single most important outcome of this effort is the Local Sales Tax dollars that are generated to support the Town’s annual budget. In Fiscal Year 2013, local Sales Tax accounted for $3,950,573 in revenue, or just over 49 percent of our budget. Our next highest revenue source was just 16 percent, which means Local Sales Tax is by far the Town’s single largest revenue source each year. A common misconception about Farragut is that we collect a separate Municipal Property Tax. The town of Farragut has never collected a Municipal Property Tax, and we do not receive any portion of the Property Tax you pay to Knox County. This fact further emphasizes the importance of Sales Tax dollars to the existence of the Town. read more
letter to the editor
Zachary rebuttalA few weeks ago, the farragutpress ran a piece on my candidacy to represent the 2nd District of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives. During that interview, I was asked direct questions regarding Congress-man [John J.] Duncan [Jr.’s] 26 years in office and areas where we would differ. I answered those questions honestly and factually. Over the last two weeks Congressman Duncan’s office and now [state] Rep. Ryan Haynes have written letters to the editor refuting the statements I made during my interview. As they both stated, and I agree, we should look at the facts and remove the political spin from our responses.
In my interview, I was asked about areas in which Congress-man Duncan and I would differ. I mentioned that his votes to increase the debt ceiling, most recently in 2011, would be an area in which we would differ. I will stand by my statement in that John J. Duncan Jr. did vote to increase the debt ceiling by a staggering $2.1 trillion in August of 2011. On August 1, 2011, The Knoxville News Sentinel quoted Duncan as saying: “This agreement is apparently, the best we can do.” A vote to increase the debt ceiling by $2.1 trillion, which leads to the continued expansion of government is not conservative leadership. It is not the best we can do. We expect better. read more