County Commission looking for ways to increase revenue
By: AMANDA HILL BOND, PUBLISHER
The Pickett County Commissioners met in regular session Monday, July 21st, 6 p.m. at the library. All commissioners were present except Kenny Tompkins.
The agenda included to approve a Hotel/Motel tax to be sent to the state to be approved under private act then to be put on referendum for the citizens of Pickett County to decide. A discussion included Greg Adkins from Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association who presented to the commission that imposing a Hotel Motel tax could hurt sales tax revenue and businesses. The item was tabled to be discussed again at a later date.
Beer Sales on Sunday for properly licensed establishments in Pickett County was approved to be effective as of Sunday, July 27th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. All ayes except Becky Matheny, Doug Manis, Colan Huddleston and Joe Harden passed.
A referendum for a $10 increase for wheel tax in Pickett County was approved by all members present which will be on the November ballot. Currently, the wheel tax funds of $10 per vehicle, collected by the county clerk's office, are approximately $60,000. The increase would make that $120,000 of total revenue. If the people of the county vote to approve the increase, the wheel tax will start being collected beginning January 1st, 2015.
No discussion was made regarding the budget that was supposed to be approved and submitted to the State of Tennessee's Comptrollers office by July 21st.