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To be considered, a proposed ordinance must be furnished every commissioner by title five days, and in full a minimum of 48 hours before a meeting. To be enacted, the proposal must be read twice and receive a majority "aye" vote of the members of the Commission (10). Unless vetoed by the County Mayor, the ordinance becomes effective on the 15th day following passage.

An emergency ordinance may be added to the agenda of any Commission meeting at which there is a quorum present by unanimous consent. If enacted by a majority vote and if not vetoed by the County Mayor, the emergency ordinance becomes effective eight days following its passage.

All ordinances, emergency ordinances, and resolutions are submitted to the County Mayor for approval or veto, except for resolutions authorizing the borrowing of monies by various debt instruments and ordinances, emergency ordinances, and resolutions that affect zoning regulations. These exceptions are effective immediately upon their adoption by the Commission.

The Commission elects a chairman and vice-chairman annually, and adopts its own rules and procedures. The Commission has authority to:

  • Adopt ordinances, emergency ordinances, and resolutions governing the operation of government or to regulate the conduct and affairs of the residents of Knox County.
  • Create executive departments and divisions within the executive departments upon recommendation of the County Mayor.
  • Establish special districts and provide for assessments and tax levies on real and personal property or privileges for the purpose of providing services not generally available to citizens countywide.
  • Review and may alter the budget recommended by the County Mayor, adopt the budget, and set the county property tax rate.
  • Approve the issuance of bonds or other indebtedness to finance county capital improvements projects.
  • Approve subdivision roads that are built to standard, the sale of county property, and condemnation of property for public welfare.
  • Consider and approve comprehensive general and specific plans and zoning ordinances, prepared by the Metropolitan Planning Commission, and building regulations.
  • Adopt other ordinances and resolutions that promote the public welfare.
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County Commission

City County Building
Suite 602
400 Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone: 865-215-2534
Fax: 865-215-2038
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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