County Mayor Davis Says Late Tax Bills Show Need For Healthy Fund Balance; Chamber Has Wildly Successful Membership Drive

Monday, October 7, 2013

Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis said late property tax bills are showing the importance of having a healthy fund balance (rainy day fund).

He said, "Thus far, no property tax bills have gone out and we have zero tax collections."

He added, "In situations like this, we borrow from ourselves" to meet the bills.  

From July to December is typically a time when revenue is slim for the county, he noted.

County Mayor Davis, noting that sending out the tax bills is not his department, said he understands the glitch was caused by the state changing some software. He said, "It's sort of like ObamaCare. It hasn't worked out yet."

Vice Chairman Adam Lowe said the commission's education committee will meet next Monday at 11 a.m. at the commission meeting room to further discuss Common Core. The panel was asked to make a recommendation on what message the commission should give legislators on the controversial issue.

Vice Chairman Lowe noted that after a recent discussion on the issue City School Supt. Martin Ringstaff sent out info on Common Core "that was also cced to the media."

The full commission will meet next Monday at noon directly after the education committee session.

Commission members were told that the local Chamber of Commerce had a wildly success membership drive. The goal was 300 new members, but the final tally was 550.

It was the top mark in the state and the third-highest accomplishment in the nation.

The Chamber had been hoping to top 1,000 members, but is now above the 1,200 mark.  


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