NASHVILLE — The state Senate voted unanimously today to give sales-tax relief to victims of recent storms and tornadoes in Hamilton, Bradley, McMinn, Polk and other counties.
Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, sponsored the measure, which authorizes sales-tax refunds on purchases made by those receiving insurance settlements or filing claims on damage from weather-related damage.
Preliminary assessments show the March 2 twister in Hamilton County destroyed 82 homes worth a total of $10.6 million.
The House companion bill, sponsored by Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland, was scheduled for a floor vote today as well.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...