County Schools Makes Counter Offer To City On Liquor Tax Funds

Monday, April 14, 2014

Supt. Rick Smith has made a counter offer to Mayor Andy Berke on the liquor tax funds dispute that led the county schools to file suit in Chancery Court.

The offer includes the city paying the county schools $11.7 million is says it should have been paid in five annual installments.

Supt. Smith said the county schools maintain that the schools are also owed over $3.5 million for several years prior to the merger of the city and county schools.

The deal would not have the county schools paying any stormwater fees to the city as was specified in the mayor's proposal.

The city would transfer the Poss Homes property near Howard School to the county schools. Supt. Smith said it could be used to improve athletic facilities at Howard.

It was also asked that the city forgive any debt and release any lien on the North River YMCA swimming pool. Supt. Smith said that would make the site available for a possible new school.

The proposal would have the city pay the share of the liquor tax funds to the schools on an ongoing basis without making any deductions for the stormwater fee.

Click here to read the counter offer.

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