Cleveland City Councilman Richard Banks said he’ll likely not seek to overturn the mayoral veto of a resolution he introduced Monday that sought to delay a hearing on the city/Bradley County dispute over $689,930 in increased sales tax revenue.
Mayor Tom Rowland vetoed the resolution, passed 3-2 by the city council, under the rules of the city’s charter, Banks said. The hearing was set for next Thursday.
City voters who approved a half-cent sales tax increase two years ago were told the money would go for capital projects. But Bradley County officials, based on a 1967 agreement on the division of sales tax collections, sued to collect part of that fund.
The city contends that money belongs solely to Cleveland.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...