Bill Haslam

WUOT News, Brandon Hollingsworth

  The last time Knoxvillians saw a property tax increase, current governor Bill Haslam was the mayor asking for it.  It was 2004, Haslam's first year in office.

Ten years later, Haslam's successor says rising expenses are forcing her to ask for an increase.  At a Wednesday afternoon event to unveil her 2014-2015 budget, Madeline Rogero said she will ask City Council to approve a $.34 increase for every $100 of assessed value.  That means the owner of a $100,000 home will pay approximately $85 in additional taxes next year.

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Throughout the US, education officials are trying to put their best face on a national report that shows America’s fourth and eighth graders aren’t improving as quickly at math and reading as teachers, administrators, parents and politicians would like.

But not in Tennessee.