published Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Bradley sales tax dispute now up to city

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The local sales tax hot potato is back at City Hall.

Bradley County has a Chancery Court lawsuit against the city of Cleveland over $720,000 in sales tax revenue now being held by the county trustee's office until a dispute on how to share it is resolved.

Cleveland has a counter suit against the county.

Chancellor Jerri Bryant is scheduled to hear the case Thursday morning.

But a majority of both city council members and county commissioners agreed Tuesday evening they do not want to go to court.

"It irks me to sit around here and talk as friends about suing each other,'' Commissioner Jeff Morelock told the joint, unofficial meeting Tuesday evening.

No vote could be taken, even a straw poll, at the unofficial Tuesday evening meeting.

They are waiting to see what happens at a special called City County meeting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Councilman Richard Banks will propose both sides ask the chancellor to "continue'' the suits, which means no Thursday hearing while both sides continue to negotiate. If that happens, then the county will request its lawyers also ask the chancellor to "continue'' the case. The County Commission does not vote again for two weeks.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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