Red Bank eyes tax to make up for dropped billing service

photo Monty Millard

While Red Bank residents will see their water bills shrink this year, they may face a hefty property tax hike.

Heading into the thick of the budget season, Red Bank officials are being forced to determine the best way to bill and collect their garbage collection fee after Tennessee American Water decided to stop providing that service for local municipalities this year.

In the face of what Mayor Monty Millard repeatedly has called "an extremely disappointing situation," Red Bank interim City Manager John Alexander said the city has two main options: Raise property taxes to include the fee, or collect the garbage fee separately.