Collegedale Commission Sorting Out Hotel/Motel Tax

Monday, May 5, 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.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BAILEY, JOYCE MARIE  2702 E 39TH STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37407  Age at Arrest: 39 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga CRIMINAL TRESPASSING THEFT OF PROPERTY (UNDER $500) --- BATES, JEREMY M  707 PARK AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37403  Age at Arrest: 36 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AARON, STEVE LYNN  2518 CRESCENT CLUB DR HIXSON, 37343  Age at Arrest: 50 years old Arresting Agency: East Ridge DOMESTIC ASSAULT DOMESTIC ASSAULT --- AKINS, JAVORIS  7604 STANDIFER GAP RD CHATTANOOGA, 37421  Age at Arrest: 20 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DRIVING ... (click for more)

Parking Discrimination Downtown

Many taxpayers who reside in Chattanooga (but outside Chattanooga's core) feel left behind when it comes to neighborhood paving, sidewalks, policing, streetscaping, street sweeping, public transportation, and other services. Some think most tax dollars are spent on downtown and not in their neighborhoods. It's not as if they can't vicariously experience the largesse of downtown. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: One Nameless Ghost

One hundred years ago the United States was at war. The most intense fighting during World War I was on what was called The Western Front. The Germans wanted to invade France from the north and in order to do it, they had to push through Flanders province in Belgium. It has been described as a hell unequalled in raw hand-to-hand combat, In just four months on Flanders fields, ... (click for more)

Chicago Fire Wins Steinbrecher Cup 2-1 In Overtime

It took 120 minutes to decide who is the best US amatuer soccer team Saturday night at Finley Stadium as the Chattanooga Football Club took on the Chicago Fire of the PDL.   The Fire would score first but Chattanooga tied the match early in the second half.  Luke Winter scored the equalizer in the 47th minute off a Jon Finlay cross.   The game would remain tied ... (click for more)

Smokies' Hurlers Limit Lookouts To Four Hits Sunday In 5-1 Win

The Lookouts drew six walks, but only managed four hits in their 5-1 loss to the Tennessee Smokies Sunday in front of a crowd of 5,356 fans at AT&T Field.    Chattanooga's loss drops them to 22-28 through 50 games in the Southern League North Division. Tennessee starting pitcher Brad Markey was lights out early for the Smokies, carrying a no-hitter into ... (click for more)