Letter: Seymour incorporation question: What’s it cost?

Jan. 14, 2014 @ 11:23 PM


I know people probably think I’m a quack because I send in comments to the paper and if so, it’s one person’s opinion. I think this country is in the mess it’s in because not enough people speak up when things don’t sound or seem right. This also applies to incorporating Seymour. I’ve been told this subject raises its head every few years. Folks, you need to start reading and speaking up and now is the time. Sit by and say nothing and you’ll have things you don’t want.

I was unable to attend the meeting Friday night but if I had my main questions would be: (1) What will the property owners of Seymour gain from incorporating over what they currently have?; (2) Where’s the money going to come from to pay for these changes?; and (3) How’s this going to benefit the property owner or business?

As a city/town, you will have to elect a mayor, city council, have a police department, a fire department, a utility department, a building code department, a education department, etc., etc., etc. None of this are free and you can bet that Sevier County is not going to give you the money to establish an infrastructure.

That means you will have to raise money by levying higher taxes on business owners and property owners. And on top of all this, we have grown the government which is too large already. It is better to elect people that are skilled in the area of doing their job to make improvements in what we already have than to toss everything aside and proclaim that if we had our own government we would be better off.

The citizens of Seymour should be calling on their elected officials to have a stronger voice in the County and State political arena. Mr. Bill Oakes is the representative on the County Commission that should be standing tall at every County Commission meeting voicing the concerns of the people he represents. State Representatives covering Seymour should be made aware of the things the Seymour community needs as well. They were elected to do a job, let’s see them do it.

As Mr. Oakes stated, there’s a ton of things that has to be done to incorporate an area and it sounds like a good case of jumping the guns. Even if all of the paperwork has been completed there still remains the case of “Is it going to be better than what we already have and if so at what cost?”

Jackie H. Ward