Collegedale Commission Sorting Out Hotel/Motel Tax

Monday, May 05, 2014 - by Gail Perry

Collegedale city commissioners are making preparations for the time a hotel is built in the city limits. An ordinance was recently approved that established a hotel/motel tax. The state of Tennessee allows a municipality to add a five percent occupancy tax to any rental of less than 30 days. That is the rate adopted in Collegedale’s ordinance.

At the commission meeting Monday night Vice Mayor Tim Johnson said he would like for Collegedale to be consistent with the rates charged by Chattanooga and Hamilton County which was believed to be five percent when the ordinance passed but is now known to be four percent.

It has also come to the attention of Vice Mayor Johnson that the trustee is paid one percent to collect the tax. It was unknown at the meeting if four percent on the tax form means that the charge is a five percent tax with four actually being collected after paying the trustee’s fee, or if the city and county end up receiving just three percent. Both attorney Sam Elliott and City Manager Ted Rogers said they would clarify the matter before the next commission meeting.

Currently only Southern Adventist University, bed and breakfasts scattered around the city and a few rental houses fall under this law.

On second and final reading, the commission voted to continue the same formula used in the past to determine compensation for Collegedale’s City Judge Kevin Wilson. That plan adds five percent yearly to his salary.

Discussion also took place concerning a property in the city that the owner fails to maintain the lawn. Codes Enforcer Andrew Morkert said it had already been addressed. He said if the owner does not respond to a notice the city will cut the grass and put a lien on the property for that amount. The vice mayor made the suggestion of adding a fine for each violation. Attorney Elliott said the owner could be cited to city court and the judge could issue a fine. In the case of a rental property, the owner is held responsible.


PHOTOS: 2014 Walk To End Alzheimer's At The Tennessee Riverpark

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLEN, DEMETRIUS JAY     5206 CENTRAL AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37409     22     Chattanooga          AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL TRESSPASS ANGUS, KEVIN ALLEN     7414 VIGILINA ROAD ROXBORO, 27574     29    ... (click for more)

Conservation On Signal Mountain

The town of Signal Mountain appointed a working group to put together a conservation easement to protect certain of the town's park lands.  The members of the Conservation Easement Working Group would like to respond to concerns and comments raised about the town’s efforts to protect certain park land from residential or commercial development by granting a conservation ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Late Garden Walk

Due to a series of pressing events I didn’t get a chance to make my September walk through the garden until yesterday. It is normally my custom to take a stroll on the first day of each new month, looking for the orchids and onions that might appear, so I can award them to those among us who deserve one or the other. So before the temperatures drop, allow me to catch up: AN ORCHID ... (click for more)

McCallie Beats Baylor In Tennessee Classic Silver Division

NASHVILLE – Reed Oscar was the overall winner in 16 minutes, 49 seconds and teammate Dylan Carmack finished fifth overall in 17 minutes, 13 seconds to lead the McCallie Blue Tornado cross country team to a first-place finish in the Silver division of the Tennessee Classic, which was held here at Percy Warner Park Saturday morning. Teammates Connor Smith and Kevin Wagoner finished ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Golf Team Second At Wolf Run Intercollegiate

The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team is tied for second after 18 holes at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. The Mocs and Florida Gators each shot 295 over the opening 18 to trail Illinois by 11 at 285 at Wolf Run Golf Club. The day’s docket had a scheduled 36 holes. Afternoon storms sent teams from the course prior to finishing. The remaining holes will be completed starting at 9:30 ... (click for more)