Todd Fiscal Court passed first reading of its property tax rate in a special-called meeting Monday morning, while also agreeing to hire a Washington D.C. attorney as a consultant in the ongoing case with the City of Clarksville over a proposed natural gas line.
With little discussion and unanimous support, magistrates voted to keep the property tax rate the same at 9.9 cents per $100 of assessed value. Court then went into closed session for almost an hour to discuss possible court action regarding Clarksville's proposal to run a new natural gas line from a large TVA line just north of Elkton southward into Montgomery County.
It would serve as a backup to Clarksville's current natural gas system, but there are reportedly no plans to allow Todd County to have access to the pipe. Todd County Judge Executive Daryl Greenfield and Attorney Mac Johns have said Todd County must retain the option to develop a new utility to distribute natural gas from the line to residential and industrial customers for it to be beneficial to their community.
The City of Clarksville has told residents and county officials they will attempt to use imminent domain to get easements if landowners don't comply, but Judge Greenfield called that scare tactics Friday and has urged residents to not give easements for now.
After Court came back into open session, magistrates approved Johns' proposal to hire Washington D.C. Attorney Jennifer Waters as a consultant for the process.
An internet profile of Ms. Waters says she specializes in energy and natural resources. The website says she represents clients in a wide variety of energy regulatory, litigation, and transactional matters. Her clients include natural gas companies, local distribution companies, and municipal utility systems providing both gas and electric service.
Several landowners who would be impacted by the proposed line were in attendance.