Collegedale Makes Room Tax In Line With Other Cities; $5 Citation Fee Added On Traffic Offenses

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - by Gail Perry

In early spring 2014 the Collegedale commissioners passed an ordinance establishing a five percent occupancy tax on any hotel, motel or rooms furnished to transients in return for a payment. It has been discovered that the same tax in Chattanooga and other surrounding municipalities is four percent. In order to be the same, the Collegedale Commission voted to change the tax rate in the city to match the other communities. The city has an inter-local agreement that the county trustee will keep one percent of the collected amount for administration of the taxes leaving three percent for Collegedale.


The commissioners also finalized the acceptance of two new ordinances on second reading Monday night. The city code was amended for the purpose of regulating and controlling the runoff of stormwater. Over time, said City Manager Ted Rogers, sewer gases damage the system. Manholes will be refurbished by coating the interiors, beginning with the ones in the worst condition throughout the system.

Mr. Rogers requested and received an additional $920 for this work. The total amount provided for the sewer project was increased to $37,475.

 Final approval was also given for imposing a citation fee of $5 upon a plea of guilty or a judgment of guilty on traffic citations. Police Chief Brian Hickman made the recommendation for the additional fine to help pay for a new electronic citation program being used by the Collegedale Police. A hand-held device will be used to write a traffic citation and a printer concealed in the head rest of the police vehicle will print it. A demonstration of the new procedure will be done for the commissioners at a future meeting.

An artist from Lee University who lives in Collegedale is interested in painting three murals around the city. They would depict veterans, Native Americans and people within the community. His plans are to join with a group of artists from Southern Adventist University for the project. He approached Commissioner Larry Hanson for approval, who referred him to the Parks and Recreation Department. To pay for the paintings, the artist is asking for donations from the community and is circulating a petition. Additional discussions will take place about this at a future meeting.

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