Budget, tax hike vote set Monday, July 1

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 6/18/19

The Bradley County Commission will vote on its 2019-20 budget, as well as a new property tax rate on first reading on July 1, which will be followed by a public hearing on July 8.The dates were set …

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Budget, tax hike vote set Monday, July 1

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The Bradley County Commission will vote on its 2019-20 budget, as well as a new property tax rate on first reading on July 1, which will be followed by a public hearing on July 8.

The dates were set Monday during the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting held at the Bradley County Courthouse.

Under the schedule, copies of any budget amendments will be provided to the commission on June 19.

After public notice of the new budget is published on June 21, the commission will then vote to approve, or reject, the document and the new property tax rate at noon on Monday, July 1. The public hearing will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 8.

A final vote on the budget and new tax rate will be taken at noon on Monday, July 15.

In addition at Monday's session, the County Commission approved a budget continuation resolution which will provide for the uninterrupted operation of the government of Bradley County until a final budget for fiscal year 2019-20 has been finalized.

The budget continuation resolution passed 12-1, with Commissioner Charlotte Peak opposing. 

Commissioner Bill Winters was not present for Monday’s meeting.

According to a story previously published in the Cleveland Daily Banner, Bradley County residents who own property in the county’s fire district would see an increase of 14.648 cents per $100 of assessed value, while property not inside the fire district would see an increase of 10.648 cents.

In other business, the commission approved the following items:

• A motion to approve the Finance Committee recommendation to lower the reserve fund policy for fund 115 Public Library from 5% to 0% for one year. The motion was proposed by Commissioner Milan Blake and was approved 13-1.

• A resolution to rezone from Rural Residential (R1) District to Forestry/Agricultural/Residential (FAR) district property at 137 Johnathan Drive S.E., and identified by tax map 068E group C parcel 003.00. The resolution was proposed by Commissioner Thomas Crye and was approved 13-1.

• A resolution to rezone from Forestry/Agricultural/Residential (FAR) district to General Industrial (I1) district at Maddux Road N.W., North Mouse Creek Road N.W., and Glendale Lane N.W., and identified by tax map 015 parcels 007.00, 117.07. 019.00 and 019.05. The resolution was sponsored by Commissioner Thomas Crye and was approved 13-0.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Bradley County Commission will be at 7 p.m. Monday, June 24.


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