Some local houseboat owners are defending their property against the Tennessee Valley Authority in Washington DC on Friday.
Earlier this year, TVA voted for the removal of houseboats within 30 years plus the possibility of additional fees for the floating houses. The removal would affect about 400 house boats.
Houseboat owners and commissioners from Swain and Graham counties said they’ve taken measures to keep Fontana Lake clean. Many saying 30 years to remove their houseboats is unfair and also has deep economic impacts in both Swain and Graham Counties.
Swain County has 171 house boats with tax values over $3 million for 2016. According to the Swain County Tax Office total taxes collected on these houseboats was $12,735.
Swain County Commissioner David Monteith along with houseboat owners and members of the organization Fontana Families will testify Friday morning in Washington before a Congressional subcommittee. They have the backing of North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, who has introduced legislation that would eliminate the TVA’s sunset provision.