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On Alert: Comptroller official to meet with Hawkins Co. lawmakers on budget

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A million-dollar budget deficit is looming in Hawkins County and several proposals to generate new revenue have been voted down countless times by commissioners.

That is drawing concern from the Office of the Comptroller for Tennessee- to the point where an agency official is scheduled to address the County Commission's budget committee on Monday.

Former state lawmaker and now Comptroller Chief of Staff Jason Mumpower will be addressing the board and their "serious budget situation," according to information released by the office on Wednesday.

Since budget talks began late last year, the commission has brought a proposed $20 wheel tax up for a vote at least six times with no votes carrying the majority. That proposal would bring in $1 million, but county officials have estimated the shortfall to be between $1.1 and $1.8 million.

The budget committee will meet beginning at 9:30 a.m. on May 15 at the county administrative building located at 150 East Washington Street in Rogersville.

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