published Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Red Bank introduces ‘brown bag,’ property tax resolutions

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Red Bank has introduced two measures intended to lure more business to the city.

During its meeting Tuesday evening, the Red Bank City Commission voted to approve the first reading of a “brown bagging” ordinance, which would allow restaurants to give their customers the option to bring liquor or wine to drink with their meals.

“It will promote business in Red Bank,” Mayor Monty Millard said during the meeting.

The council also introduced a measure to allow property tax incentives for “economic development.”

According to City Manager Chris Dorsey, the measure — if enacted — would freeze a prospective business’s property taxes to a “pre-development” level, excluding them from future tax hikes.

Because the ordinance isn’t ready, the council will not discuss the measure until its Aug. 2 meeting

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dasmarian said...

Can the cameras detect alcohol now? Sounds like a great money maker.

July 19, 2011 at 10 p.m.
amnestiUSAF84 said...

Red Bank still doesn't get it. It's the traffic cameras, toopids! LOL People avoid them. That's why North Georgia is booming with Chattanooga, Red Bank money. Has anyone driven down Battlefield Pkwy lately? Next time notice all the TN tags shopping down there. They want the business. People aren't hassled. They know if people are having to spend all their money on ticket fines, court fees, getting arrested they have very little to nothing left to shop with. If people can't shop businesses dry up. Towns die.

In Red Bank, Chattanooga you're lucky to make it home without being pulled over and ticketed numerous times. And that's only if you can avoid the traffic cameras.

July 19, 2011 at 10:33 p.m.
NoMyth said...

The brown bag ordinance is a good idea and a good start at some creative thinking to spark development. Freezing property taxes is not necessarily a great idea unless it has a sunset provision after 10 years or so. Red Bank needs to create a 'village' feel, not become another host of strip malls and fast food franchises.

July 19, 2011 at 11:22 p.m.
Oz said...

Rundown apartments and traffic cameras have ruined Red Bank. Soddy Daisy and Ooltewah should look at Red Bank and stay out of the apartment business.

July 19, 2011 at 11:36 p.m.
nucanuck said...

Taking a bottle into a restaurant encourages unlimited drinking and does nothing positive for restaurant economics. Many restaurant chains won't consider placing a restaurant where they can't offer and profit from bar service.

If Red Bank wants to develope business, they should licience and tax liquor by the drink. Brown bagging is an all-the-way dumb idea.

July 20, 2011 at 1:17 a.m.
sunnydelight said...

If I remember correctly . Dead Bank passed liquor by the drink a few years back. The great powers within were chomping at the bits in anticipation of new restaurants popping up all up and down dead Dayton Blvd. It just never happened. This supports the fact that location is everything and Dead Bank ain't it .You can still order a Margarita on the rocks at Amigos down by Signal Mt Rd. But if you want good restaurant selections you got to go over the hill to Hixson. I don't avoid Dead Bank as much as I used to because the camera van and red light cameras have become less of a threat without the former mayors hard headed politics. Maybe one day the city can recover.Maybe not.

July 20, 2011 at 7:24 a.m.
sage1 said...

Lets see. First we install traffic cameras to safe'n up the roads, ("we dont' want any dangerous drivers in our town") THEN we tell everyone to BYOB and have some fun ("we will let you drink and drive however, if it will save our little town")! Yep. Ya'll really got it going on over the hill there folks. that crickets chirping? hahaha

July 20, 2011 at 11:38 a.m.
whitelie said...

F*** Red Bank,Not the football team I like them.

July 20, 2011 at 9:48 p.m.
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