Bradley County Commission Approves Certified Tax Rate

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Bradley County Commission on Monday approved the new certified tax rate that comes after the recent countywide property tax reappraisal.

County Mayor Gary Davis said since property values overall were down by about two percent, the overall rate was raised by that amount. He said under state law the move was made so the county would stay at the same level of income as before.

Property tax rates are $1.82 per $100 of accessed value within the city limits. There is another 34.4 cents added in rural areas and 42.1 cents in areas within five miles of fire halls.

Commissioner Charlotte Peak-Jones asked if there would be a change due to the construction of new fire halls. County Mayor Davis said the commission will need to redraw the fire districts next month. He said they would be "moving further out."

Commissioner Jeff Morelock said he will move forward a resolution calling for a tax increase for the Lake Forest Middle School at the commission work session next Monday at 7 p.m. It would then receive a vote at the following voting meeting.

He said officials of Cope Architecture will make a presentation to the commission finance committee on an alternative financing plan. It will be at the county mayor's conference room on Wednesday at noon.

The state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture was in town for the presentation of a $20,000 check for the first phase of the Hiwassee River Heritage Center. 

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill and newly appointed Red Clay State Park manager  Erin Medley will host an informal meet and greet on Friday at 2 p.m. at the park.




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