By Focus Staff

This week’s Knoxville Focus poll posed the question, “In your opinion, should the privately owned Knoxville Chamber of Commerce be subsidized with local public tax dollars?”

78% of voters responded “no.”

The greatest opposition to utilizing tax dollars for the Chamber came from the Seventh District, where an astonishing 89.66% of respondents said they did not believe the Chamber of Commerce should get public money.  The Eighth District, which is East Knox County, was close behind with more than 85% of voters saying they do not believe the Chamber should be subsidized by the taxpayers.

The most support for giving the Chamber tax money came from the Second District, although more than 67% of the voters opposed the idea.

Opposition to funding the Chamber of Commerce with public money was uniform across Knox County and throughout the City of Knoxville.  Even in the Fifth District, which is comprised largely of the Town of Farragut, almost 80% of voters don’t believe the Chamber of Commerce should be subsidized with taxpayer money.

Click here to see the poll’s breakdown.