published Monday, May 9th, 2011

Trustee will start charging city of Chattanooga commission

by Dan Whisenhunt
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    Hamilton County Commissioner Bill Hullander participates in a county commission meeting in this file photo.
    Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The City of Chattanooga will have to pay the county for collecting its sales taxes, Trustee Bill Hullander said today.

Hullander made a passing reference to the issue at this morning’s budget hearings, but told the Times Free Press today he intends to charge the city a 2 percent commission on the sales tax it collects. It will cost the city $1 million a year, he said.

Under the sales tax agreement, a revenue-sharing agreement between the city and county, the county did this for free. But that agreement expires later this month.

“Other counties, they get paid a commission for handling the sales tax,” Hullander said. “That was part of the agreement that the county will not charge the city. If this agreement goes away, that opens me back up to having to follow the state law.”

Hullander said whatever part of the money his office does not keep for operational expenses would be turned over to the county.

Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield said this additional revenue should allow the county to be able “to fund more of those agencies that they have indicated that they cannot afford to financially support. Surely, operations like the health department that stand to offer a net savings of public resources should now be off the chopping block.”

about Dan Whisenhunt...

Dan Whisenhunt covers Hamilton County government for the Times Free Press. A native of Mobile, Ala., Dan earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama. He won first place for best in-depth news coverage in the 2010 Alabama Press Association contest; the FOI-First Amendment Award in the 2007 Alabama Press Association contest; first place for best public service story in the Alabama AP Managing Editors contest in 2009 for economic coverage; and ...

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