County Commission Keeps Same Tax Rate Rather Than Going To Slightly Higher "Certified Tax Rate"

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

County Commission members on Wednesday morning balked at moving to a slightly higher "certified tax rate" and instead left the property tax rate at the same $2.7652 per $100 of assessed valuation.

The commissioners unanimously rejected a prepared resolution that would have upped the rate to $2.7721 per $100 of assessed valuation.

Finance Director Louis Wright said the move means about $235,000 less for county government and $235,000 less for the county schools than had been projected.

Commissioners Joe Graham and Tim Boyd berated the county administration for not following the usual process of having a "continuation budget" until the figures are all in. They said the administration should not have assumed that the commission would be moving to the certified figure.

 Commissioner Graham said the commissioners earlier had to vote without having the full budget documents.

Mr. Wright said the money to cover the $235,000 in budget items would be from the fund balance.

However, Commissioner Graham said there was another option - to cut some of the items that had already been approved.

County Mayor Jim Coppinger was absent. Mike Compton, chief of staff, said they would confer and have a later recommendation.

Commissioner Fred Skillern said he was not in favor of pulling any more money out of the fund balance (rainy day fund).

Assessor Bill Bennett said it was the first time in his long history with the county that overall property values were down slightly. He said usually in the past the commission had to lower the "certified tax rate" 40-50 cents in order not to get a windfall from the reappraisal.

Commissioner Skillern said there was still about $2.5 million in "growth money" for the county. He said by the commission's action, that was cut to about $2 million.

The city of Chattanooga did the same thing - keeping the same tax rate and foregoing the post-reappraisal higher recommended certified tax rate. 


 


Upcoming City Council Agenda For Tuesday

Here is the upcoming city council agenda for Tuesday: I. Call to Order. II. Pledge of Allegiance/Invocation (Councilman Grohn). III. Minute Approval. IV. Special Presentation. CHA’S YOU Summer Leadership Program Presented by Kate Morgan, Chattanooga Housing Authority V. Ordinances – Final Reading: (None) VI. Ordinances – First Reading: (None) VII. Resolutions: ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Getting New Fire Equipment

The Soddy Daisy fire department will be getting some new equipment. At the commission meeting Thursday night bids were approved for the purchase and installation of emergency lights for the new squad trucks.   Another bid for $12,705 was approved to buy skid units, which are tanks and pumps for the trucks. These allow the firefighters to work off-road, such as for extinguishing ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Pre-Fourth Observations

I hate to do this, right on the heels of my monthly ‘Walk in the Garden,’ but I have more things on my desk that I dare not leave unnoticed before tomorrow’s Star-Spangled celebration. Foremost is the plea to anyone who shoots off firecrackers to please wear eye protection and ask watchers to stand back. Our eye doctors say firecracker-related injuries have doubled in the last three ... (click for more)

Weather Prevails As Ridgeside, Red Bank Ends In A Draw

The Red Bank Gators and the Ridgeside Dolphins were supposed to swim each other for the second time in three days, but the overall winner was the weather man. The meet had not yet reached the midway point when lightning, thunder and heavy rain caused a delay with Ridgeside leading 165-156 following the medley relays. After a discussion with the respective pool reps, coaches ... (click for more)

TSWA Announces All-State Softball Teams

 The Tennessee Sports Writers Association has announced its all-state high school softball teams for 2015. Local selections include: AAA - Kayla Boseman (Fr), Ooltewah and Hallie Davis (Sr), Walker Valley; AA - Kaili Crawley (Fr) of Central; A - McKenna Morgan (Jr), Sale Creek; and, Division II-AA - Lauren Lewis (Sr), Kayla Hughes (Sr) and Cheyenne Lindsey (Fr) of Baylor.  ... (click for more)