Bradley Commission Opposes Bill That Would Allow Cities To Keep Full Liquor Tax Revenue

Monday, March 17, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

The Bradley County Commission on Monday passed a resolution in opposition to a current Tennessee bill, SB 1464/HB 1403, that would change the rules of distribution of the liquor by the drink tax.

Attorney Jim Logan, who is representing the Bradley County School Board in an attempt to gain money allegedly owed by the city of Cleveland, said the bill would repeal laws that presently exist. He said, "If this passes in the future, all money received will become the city's.

"

The Commissioners previously expressed their support of the School Board through another resolution. The Board is suing the city for back taxes from the liquor-by-the-drink tax fund, an amount totaling over $700,000. According to its interpretation of state law (Tenn. Code Ann. Section 57-4-306), the Board believes this money is owed to the Bradley County school system.

The official Tennessee state website says, "With respect to the liquor by the drink revenues that are distributed to the municipalities where the taxes were collected, state law requires those recipients to make further distributions of those funds in certain circumstances. According to state law, cities that do not operate their own school systems separate from the county are required to pay half of the liquor by the drink funds from the state to the county school fund."

The city of Cleveland disagreed with the School Board's view. Multiple members of city government stated that because the city has its own school system, this law does not apply. 

The Bradley County Commission passed another resolution that approved a budget amendment request to fund the distribution of the liquor-by-the-drink tax. Commissioner Ed Elkins said this would further support the School Board in its choice to take legal action.

Also during the meeting, Commissioner Charlotte Peak-Jones announced the opening of the SPCA of Bradley County. This shelter will service animals outside of the Cleveland area.

Before the opening, the county had been in an agreement with the Cleveland Animal Shelter. However, the Bradley County Commission and the CAS had many budget conflicts.

Commissioner Peak-Jones said even though the contract with CAS did not end until Sunday night at midnight, two volunteers said the city had been turning away county animals. She said they were told to wait until Monday.

She said, "I find this disturbing."

 The following rezoning resolutions were also passed:

 Resolution 2014-11 to rezone from R-1 to C-1, property located at 4655 Georgetown Road

 Resolution 2014-12 to rezone from R-2 to C-2, property located at 6688 Waterlevel Hwy

 Resolution 2014-13 to rezone from FAR to C-2, property located at 5610 Georgetown Road


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ANDERSON, BRANDON     1842 NEWELL AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, 37404     19     Hamilton County          THEFT OVER $500 ANDERSON, NATASHA RENEE     3417 LISA DRIVE APT A CHATTANOOGA, 37412     25    ... (click for more)

Grand Jury No True Bills And True Bills

Here are the latest no bills and true bills from the Hamilton County Grand Jury: No Bills: BROWN, ARIELLE BRENAI B 25 F 0 1 GS 1538624 POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE aka BROWN, ARRIELLE BRENAI CROWDER, MICHAEL LEBRON B 22 M 0 1 GS 1540892 CRIMINAL TRESPASSING DES ROSIERS, CORY V W 35 M 0 1 GS 1551648 THEFT UNDER $500 DES ROSIERS, CORY V W 35 M 0 2 GS 1551649 ... (click for more)

Why So Much For A Rail Study?

From the things that make you go hmm department. Ok, so the feds are giving us $400k and the city is kicking in another $300k for a total of $700k to do a study on having in town rail service. Why so much for a study? Don't get me wrong, I'm totally down with Chattanooga having some passenger trains running around. I get that. It's awesome. We've needed it for a long time. I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Aunt Martha

During my first year at Ole Miss, I was so distracted by the stunning coeds on campus that I paid too much attention to the wrong kind of figures. I ended up flubbing a math class, which at the time was most serious and potentially deadly for an American boy. It meant I didn't have enough credit hours to avoid the draft and in almost no time I got a red, gut-retching postcard that ... (click for more)

Lookouts and Minnesota Twins Sign 4-Year Agreement

In a fast-paced, high stakes game of musical chairs with the three players from Major League Baseball - Minnesota, Arizona and Colorado - vying for one chair (Chattanooga Lookouts), the Twins from Minneapolis came up the winner Wednesday. Officials from the Minnesota ball club flew to Chattanooga Tuesday and signed contract papers for a four year player development ... (click for more)

Lady Mocs Volleyball Team Set To Host Scenic City Showdown

The Chattanooga Mocs returns to action Friday and Saturday at Maclallan Gym is they host the Scenic City Showdown – Presented by Hampton Inn & Suites.  Its second three-team tournament of the season, Chattanooga welcomes UT Martin, Stetson and South Carolina State to Downtown. “This is another great opportunity for us to display our city, campus and facilities ... (click for more)