CLEVELAND, Tenn. — State Rep. Eric Watson said today that attempts by some state legislators to override agreements with Amazon.com are “a very silly tactic. It’s childish.”
Watson spoke to the Bradley County Commission during a work session.
County commissioners agreed, and they plan to vote next Monday on a resolution calling on the state to meet commitments already made to Amazon.com.
Some state legislators want Amazon.com, which is building distribution centers in Hamilton and Bradley counties, to pay state sales taxes.
But the proposed resolution by Commissioner J. Adam Lowe says the Tennessee Department of Revenue already has ruled Amazon.com centers do not constitute a physical retail presence, essentially being distribution centers.
Lowe was joined by fellow commissioners who commented that the state still could lose the company.
“I talked to Amazon officials over the weekend. And they are asking, ‘Why would Amazon want to come to a state that won’t keep its commitments?’” Watson said.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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 ...