Property tax is widely known as “the tax of last resort.”
City and county commissioners cringe at the thought of having no other alternative. It may sound patronizing, but most officials observed over the years in this area literally show signs of physical distress when that option wiggles into conversations about how to fund schools, for example.
Subscribers to either the print or online version of Johnson City Press have full access to our electronic edition. The complete text of this article appears on page 5A of the April 2, 2012, edition.