Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis encouraged the Commission to move forward with setting the tax rate without an increase during the work session Monday. Setting the rate had been delayed due to concerns of possibly needing to raise the rate to pay the city funds required in a recent sales tax judgment. The tax rate has to be set by Aug. 1.
The city of Cleveland decided unanimously to reject the Commission’s offer of the money held in dispute in exchange for a guarantee of no appeal, according to 4th District commissioner J. Adam Lowe. Lowe had attended the City Council meeting earlier in the day.
“I’m a little concerned with the status of communication and relationship between our governing bodies. I hope that everyone will kind of keep in the back of their mind one simple question: ‘Where are we going with all this in the long run?’” Lowe said.
The Commission’s meeting Monday was delayed approximately 15 minutes while commissioners had an attorney-client meeting to discuss the sales tax issue. No plans were discussed during the Commission’s work session. The last day for either government to file an appeal is Aug. 4.
A request to rezone a piece of property from agricultural to commercial was also presented to the Commission. The planning commission recommended denying the request.
Bradley County planner Corey Divel told the Commission there had been issues with the land in the past. He said neighbors had complained that the owner was using the land as an extension of his salvage yard and for his pool business. Land owner Charles Matthews said he had never intended to turn the land into a salvage yard, and he did not conduct business on the 2- to 3-acre plot in question. Matthews said he parked his pool business trucks on the property, and met his drivers there each morning. For the past three years, Matthews has been paying commercial property tax on the property.
Charlotte Scott of the Aldersgate Garden Club spoke to the Commission requesting permission to place a Bluestar Memorial Marker in front of the courthouse. She also sent a letter to the mayor requesting monetary help with the project. The club has raised more than half the funds necessary for purchasing the marker. Scott said there are strict guidelines for where the marker could be placed. The marker would serve as a memorial to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
Fifth District Commissioner Jeff Yarber called a meeting of the Building and Land committee for today at 4 p.m. to discuss the marker and other issues.
The next voting session of the Bradley County commission will be Aug. 1. Yarber also scheduled a meeting of the Education Committee for Thursday at 4 p.m.