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 County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ASHFORD, LARRY  3718 JUANDALE TRAIL CHATTANOOGA, 37406  Age at Arrest: 64 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga GAMBLING PROMOTION GAMBLING DEVICES --- BATTLE, FREDRICK LAMAR  HOMELESS CHATTANOOGA, 37407  Age at Arrest: 52 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DOMESTIC CRIMINAL ... (click for more)

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 Hakeem). III. Minute Approval. IV. Special Presentation. V. Ordinances – Final Reading: FINANCE a. An ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 12953 known as “the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget Ordinance” so as to appropriate $11,530.17 from the ... (click for more)

We Can Do Something About Mass Shootings - And Response

A friend posted his observation this morning that there was paranoia about reasonable gun laws. I know his heart is saying we have to do something about these mass shootings. Then while scanning the morning news shows I watched a pile o’ pundits from Al Sharpton to Donald Trump pontificate on doing “something” about the problem. Personally, I think there are plenty of gun control ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Banjo Boy’s Secret

There is a wonderful email now making the rounds that shows Billy Redden standing in front of the Walmart store where he now works in Clayton, Ga. There is nothing remarkable about the picture because Billy’s looks have changed considerably in the last 40-odd years. But back in the early 1970s, his face was memorized by millions upon millions of people and he was universally known ... (click for more)

Arkansas Ground Game Pounds Tennessee, 24-20

(Story will be updated) KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – At least Tennessee didn’t blow a double-digit lead late. Arkansas needed only the first half to wipe off the Vols’ 14-0 lead before 101,265 fans at Neyland Stadium and went on to dump Tennessee, 24-20, Saturday night in Southeastern Conference football action. Tennessee blew a lead last week when Florida scored late in the ... (click for more)

Baylor Runs Past McCallie, 38-14

"The offensive line played an amazing game tonight. The best they have played all season, no doubt about it." Baylor senior Ryan Parker who rushed for three touchdowns and had 11 tackles For Baylor senior quarterback Wil Austin, it's a birthday present long to be remembered and described often to his kids and grand kids. Austin, who turned 18 today, ran the Baylor offense ... (click for more)