Lawmakers propose help for Gatlinburg

(PHOTO: M. Nagi / TDOT)

East Tennessee lawmakers have co-sponsored a few pieces of legislation to provide relief to the areas affected by the devastating wildfires late last year.

Rep. Dale Carr, R-Sevierville, and Sen. Doug Overbey, R-Maryville, have co-sponsored legislation that would allow local governments in Sevier County to prorate property taxes for property owners who lost property in areas declared a disaster by the Federal Emergency Management Agency between September and December.

The measure will likely see overwhelming support after the fires that damaged or destroyed more than 2,000 homes and caused a $1 billion in damage.

The property tax bill, and another that would offer sales tax relief on construction materials, are scheduled for discussion Tuesday and Wednesday in House committees.

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