County approves same property, fire tax rates

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 7/7/20

All 14 Bradley County commissioners voted in a solid block Monday evening to keep the county property tax, and fire tax, at the same level they have been for the past year.The commission approved a …

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County approves same property, fire tax rates

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All 14 Bradley County commissioners voted in a solid block Monday evening to keep the county property tax, and fire tax, at the same level they have been for the past year.

The commission approved a resolution that the combined property tax rate for July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, shall be $1.7821 on each $100 of taxable property.

Revenue from the property tax will fund the County General Fund (0.4993), Public Library (0.0278), Pike Road Fund (0.1135), General Purpose Schools (0.7738), Other Capital Projects (0.0478),  and General Debt/Debt Service (0.3199) ... for a total of 1.7821.

The approved resolution was to be signed by Commission Chairman Johnny Mull, Bradley County Clerk Donna Simpson and Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis.

Also approved by all 14 commissioners was a resolution retaining the annual fire tax, rural and in the fringe, at $.4400 on each $100 of taxable property located within the Fire District (fringe) for the coming fiscal year.

This revenue will be used to pay the budget of the Bradley County Fire District.

The fire tax is treated as a part of the county property tax.

Commissioners Mike Hughes, Johnny Mull and Kevin Raper each made disclosing statements, since all three are Bradley County employees.

Hughes is employed by the Bradley County Sheriff's Office, and Mull and Raper are employed with Bradley County Schools.

The commission went on to approve a resolution appropriating various funds for departments, offices and agencies within Bradley County government, for the coming fiscal year, and a fourth resolution for appropriations to nonprofit charitable organizations.

Appropriations to nonprofits garnered the only negative vote of the evening.

"I guess I'm going to be the lone wolf here," said Commissioner Thomas Crye.

He added that his disapproval comes from the fact the commission is unable to provide a salary increase for county employees for the coming year, and provided only a small pay hike last year.

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