Will Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood Veto the Fire District Ordinance?

He's scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. Thursday at City Hall.

Canton residents will find out Thursday if Mayor Gene Hobgood vetoes a .

This afternoon, he said he will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Thursday in the reception area.

Despite pleas from more than a dozen seniors who said some of their poorest neighbors may now have to choose between tax obligations and basic necessities, the  last Thursday voted 5-1 to create a special district that would help the city meet some of its long-term fire service needs and possibly shift some of that burden to elderly residents who have enjoyed a decade of voter-approved tax exemptions.

After the vote, Hobgood said it was "fairly likely" that he would veto the ordinance that establishes the district, which would include a 3.12 mill tax to improve the .

"I don't think it's legal," he said. "I'm not sure you can take away a homestead exemption that was approved and granted by referendum."

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Etowahwah July 25, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Well I certainly hope Mayor Hobgood vetoes this terrible idea! I also hope that all seniors in this city have seen the light and will vote the good ole' boys out of office in the next election! If this succeeds, Jack Goodwin will have to pay more taxes, and I suppose the City of Canton will have to pay for even more of his plumbing bills!
Change For Canton July 26, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Wow, can I get elected to council so I can have government insurance and my home repair bills taken care of? Jack Goodwin is dead council weight..someone needs to shake him...even just to see if he is alive and awake??
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