Bradley County Hotel/Motel Charge To Rise From 5 To 7 Percent; Bradley Has Nation's Highest Jobs Growth

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Bradley County Commission on Monday approved raising the hotel/motel tax from five to seven percent.

It was the final step in the process that included action in the Legislature.

The new rate goes into effect May 1.

Also, the commission voted to ask for a county representative on the board of Cleveland Utilities. Both the commission and the Cleveland City Council have expressed displeasure about projected rate increases by Cleveland Utilities.

The letter will go to the Cleveland City Council.

Commissioner Milan Blake said the current situation is "taxation without representation."

The commission set a moratorium on the disposal of county property until a new policy can be approved. It is under study by an ad hoc committee.

Chairman Louie Alford said that applies to "cars, chairs, lawn mowers. . ."

He said, "We need to give more thought to what's being done away with."

He indicated that the new policy will include a form that must be filled out relating to any disposed items.

The commission was told that Bradley County led the nation last year in the jobs increase at a 9.3 percent clip. That includes 4,200 new jobs.

Officials earlier Monday celebrated the opening of the huge new Wacker plant at Charleston.

Officials said a major new industrial park by I-75 should be under construction by this summer. A "flyover" connecting to I-75 from the new park is progressing, with the grid for the bridge recently installed. Logging at the site is almost complete.

County Mayor D. Gary Davis said the Wacker project was "11 years in the making." 



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