published Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Marion defeats wheel tax and region results

Marion defeats wheel tax

Voters in Marion County overwhelmingly declined to tax themselves by the wheel in exchange for some relief on property taxes, according to election results Tuesday.

Returns show 3,353 voted against the wheel tax while 1,152 voted for it.

Officials had estimated the tax would generate $1.6 million a year and could reduce county property taxes by up to 26 cents.

The vote means Marion County residents will avoid the proposed yearly tax of $50 for each motor-driven vehicle and $25 for each motorcycle or motor-driven bicycle.

The County Commission debated for months over whether to place the referendum on the ballot.

OTHER RACES

MARION COUNTY

Democratic primary

Constable, District 1

Harvey W. Allison 338

Tim Reynolds 176

Constable, District 2

Jeff Stephens 291

Travis Hickman 198

POLK COUNTY

Democratic primary

Road superintendent

Harold Hood NA

Roy Thomason NA

SEQUATCHIE COUNTY

Sales tax referendum

Should the local sales tax rate be increased from 9.25 percent to 9.75 percent?

No 936

Yes 655

ASSESSORS OF PROPERTY

BLEDSOE COUNTY

Republican primary

Allen Nail 568

Ronnie Sapp 543

Jerry Hankins 316

Democratic primary

Stacey DeBord 336

Derek Forgey 250

MARION COUNTY

Democratic primary

Judy A. Brewer 1,999

Rick Carter 751

McMINN COUNTY

Republican primary

Jerry Anderson 2,122

Matt Goodin 1,276

Keith Price 1,079

Margaret Stone Cheek 450

Stephanie

Womac Ring 345

Jack Crittenden 144

MEIGS COUNTY

Republican primary

William C. "Billy"

Breeden 720

Ronnie Jenkins 389

RHEA COUNTY

Republic primary

Debbie Byrd 1,973

Andy Kelly 1,097

All vote totals, which include federally mandated provisional ballots, are unofficial until certified by the Tennessee Division of Elections.

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