Bradley County tax increase vote is today

By AUTUMN HUGHES
Posted 7/15/19

Bradley County taxpayers may see an increase in their property tax and fire tax rates, depending on how the votes fall during today’s Bradley County Commission meeting.

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Bradley County tax increase vote is today

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Bradley County taxpayers may see an increase in their property tax and fire tax rates, depending on how the votes fall during today’s Bradley County Commission meeting.

Commissioners are scheduled to vote on four resolutions related to the county’s $163 million budget for fiscal year 2019-20:

• A resolution fixing the tax levy for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019.

According to the resolution, the proposed property tax rate is $1.7821 on each $100 of taxable property. Of that $1.7821, 0.4993 goes to the General Fund, 0.0278 goes to the Public Library, 0.1135 goes to Pike Road, 0.7738 goes to General Purpose Schools-County and City, 0.0478 goes to Other Capital Projects, and 0.3199 goes to Debt Service-General Debt.

• A resolution fixing the tax levy of the county fire district for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019.

According to the resolution, both Fire District 1 (Fringe) and Fire District 2 (Rural) will see 0.4400 tax on each $100 of taxable property.

• A resolution making appropriations for the various funds, departments, institutions, offices and agencies of Bradley County, Tennessee, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020.

This resolution outlines the overall allocation for each budget fund in the General Fund; Pike Road Fund; Public Library Fund; General Debt Service Fund; Law Library; Fire District Fund, Sheriff’s Drug Fund; Solid Waste/Sanitation Fund; Agricenter Fund; Other Capital Projects; County Schools; Health, Wellness & Quality of Life Capital Projects; Community Development; and County Schools-Education Capital Projects.

• A resolution making appropriations to non-profit charitable organizations of Bradley County, Tennessee, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020.

The resolution includes funding for multiple organizations including Bradley County E-911 Emergency Communications District, Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency, The Boys & Girls Clubs of The Ocoee Region, Fort Hill Cemetery Association, MainStreet Cleveland, and Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, among others.

In addition, commissioners will also vote on a resolution to commit funding of up to $12 million to fund the renovation of the PIE Center with bond issue to commence October 2020. Funding for the Partnerships in Industry & Education Center, or PIE Center, was removed from the proposed property tax increase last week.

Commissioners will also consider a motion to award Alan Walsh with his Bradley County Sheriff’s Office service weapon upon his retirement on July 31. Walsh is captain of the Corrections division, and has been with the sheriff’s office for 36 years.

Today’s voting session meeting will also include a report from County Mayor D. Gary Davis and reports from commissioners, as well as announcements and opportunities for anyone in the audience to bring items before the County Commission.

The Bradley County Commission meets at noon today in the County Commission Courtroom of the Courthouse.

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