After filing a lawsuit on Friday, Hamilton County School officials have countered a city offer to make reparations for years of unpaid liquor taxes.
It’s the latest move in a months-long battle between the county school system and the City of Chattanooga over millions in unpaid liquor-by-the-drink taxes. Monday’s counter offer includes a five-year repayment plan for the $11.7 million — an idea also included in an earlier proposal from Mayor Andy Berke — that school officials say is due from unpaid taxes between 1998 and 2014.
The proposal from Superintendent Rick Smith also asks for transfer of the former Poss Homes public housing site and the North River YMCA swimming pool from the city to the school system.
City officials balked at the counter offer, because it ups the amount owed by the city by another $3.5 million. Berke's chief of staff said, "It's time to let the lawyers handle it."
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Kevin rejoined the Times Free Press in August 2011 as the Southeast Tennessee K-12 education reporter. He worked as an intern in 2009, covering the communities of Signal Mountain, Red Bank, Collegedale and Lookout Mountain, Tenn. A native Kansan, Kevin graduated with bachelor's degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Kansas. After graduating, he worked as an education reporter in Hutchinson, Kan., for a year before coming back to Chattanooga. Honors include a ...