Cleveland mayor vetoes 'delay' resolution

Cleveland mayor vetoes 'delay' resolution

April 13th, 2011 by Ben Benton in Local - Breaking News

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.