County schools asked to pay $1.5M
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Dec 04, 2012 | 1169 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bradley County Schools system is being asked to find nearly $1.5 million in its budget to help Bradley County pay its $3 million to the city of Cleveland stemming from the sales tax settlement.

Attorney James Logan, who represented the county in the court case, said the school portion was $1.422 million during the period which the courts have ruled the city could collect its own sales tax.

A resolution passed unanimously by the County Commission Monday asks the Bradley County Board of Education to work out a payment plan for the money over a 30-month period with the first payment being made on July 15, 2013. These repayment terms have not yet been accepted by the city of Cleveland.

The Bradley County Board of Education will meet for a special called session Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the resolution and its options.

Also during the meeting:

- The Commission passed a resolution to have copies of constables’ training records kept in the Commission’s legislative assistant’s office, to provide a central location for the information.

- Commissioners expressed sympathy to the family of Ira Cox, who died Thursday. The Commission also observed a moment of silence.

“Our hearts go out to the family of Constable Ira Cox,” 4th District Commissioner Charlotte Peak-Jones said.

Fifth District Commissioner Jeff Yarber said it was a great loss to his district, which Cox served, and to Bradley County.

- Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis said the opening of the fire station bids had been moved to today to give contractors more time to work on bid packages. The Commission voted to have the finance committee approve the lowest and best bid during a meeting before the next Commission meeting.

- Community members with family members who would be affected by the closure of the Old Weatherly Switch Road railroad crossing expressed concerns during Monday’s meeting.

Olivia McGuire said her mother owns property on both sides of the tracks with the crossing being the primary way to reach pastureland. While the land is not currently being used for farming, McGuire said it would create a hardship for anyone who wants to farm the land in the future. McGuire said the change will also create distress for her elderly mother because they anticipate people will be constantly turning around in her driveway.