Seymour residents meet to discuss incorporation

Thursday evening, folks in Seymour met to better understand what it would mean for the town to become incorporated.

Just over 50 people gathered in the Seymour Auditorium to listen to the informational meeting.

Many people in attendance spoke out against incorporation, saying they did not want higher taxes or more government. Others said they'd welcome community centers and more sidewalks for their children. Both sides of the argument shared heated exchanges, but organizers say that was expected.

"This is a very old community, it's a very proud community-- people have been here for a lot of years and they don't want to see things change. But change isn't, change isn't our enemy, complacency is," said Seymour resident Patrick Doyle.

"It's a controversial issue-- very emotional issue, has been since 1998 and it will continue to be," said Sevier County Commissioner Bill Oakes.

A second meeting to further discuss this controversial issue is scheduled for February.


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