Cleveland, Tenn. Property Owners May Face Property Tax Increase

Reported by: Brittany Shaw

Edited by: Brittany Shaw
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Updated: 3/26/2013 7:20 pm

Cleveland property owners could soon face a 12.4 percent increase in property taxes.

That means an increase of 18.51 cents... Per $100 of property taxes.

It would boost fire and police personnel, and give city employees a 3.5 percent cost of living raise.

The public library would receive 4 of those cents.

Keisha Parks Director of Childen's and Youth Services, says it's an investment in the community.

"Anything that we get would go right back into what we offer, the services that we offer, and we offer a lot. We're building up programming for adults as well as our little friends."

Parks says while no one likes the sound of increased taxes, there would be direct benefits.

"We want to make sure that we do our best to serve our patrons which is in our community, so anything that we receive would go right back into the community."

Parks says like fire and police, the library is an integral part a strong community foundation.

"Education, free classes for computers, we offer free services that you don't have to go out to a store and buy books. Why? You can come to the library and just borrow them. "

Cleveland Realtor Ricky Tallent says while property owners are concerned with taxes, he thinks they would also see the value an increase in safety and city services could provide.

"I think that's great but I think they should also manage the funds that they're already getting," he says.

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