Wednesday, June 20, 2012

2nd Reading for Washington County Commissioners
Washington County Commissioners will conduct a second reading and public hearing Thursday after unanimously approving the first reading of an ordinance to amend sections of the zoning code. They may permit farm animals in the agriculturally zoned areas of the city. They may also present their official stand on the upcoming sales tax increase referendum. The local rate of 2.5 percent would increase to the maximum of 2.75 percent raising the total sales tax rate to 9.75 which is the maximum allowed by state law. Originally commissioners agreed that the general fund increase would go for city educational needs like new construction, renovations, additions, maintenance and debt service at the commissionerís discretion. Debt service could have been exempted as a use giving the Johnson City Board of Education a louder voice in the decision making process concerning money to be spent. That idea failed in the last meeting. City Manager Pete Peterson explained how schools need to authorize the various repairs that arise and need money available in a maintenance fund. County Mayor Dan Eldridge believes that the City Commission should decide on how to spend their money and goes on to say that taxpayers are pleased that the money raised from the sales tax increase will go to education. The state collects all local sales tax proceeds then about half is returned to the city and county monthly. The county sometimes receives as much as 55-percent depending on the student head count. The balance goes back to where the tax revenue was originally generated which mean that the city gets more than the county. The state takes 7 percent of the sales tax rate. (bg)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

  • Man Found Staying in a JC Home While Owner Was Away
  • Jury Convicts 70-year-old Johnson City Woman of Vehicular Homicide
  • "Trammel Property" Bill Chances Slim, According to Carrico
  • As Virginia General Assembly Formulates Budget, Highway Funding Up So Far for Bristol District
  • Hubbard Gives Perspective on Need for City Council Executive Sessions
  • Carrico Bill on Domestic Assault in Trouble Due to Cost
  • Wise County Dentist Gets Two Months in Jail for Fraud
  • Water Service in Portions of Elizabethton to be Interrupted Saturday
  • Washington County, VA Deputies Looking for Two Men Involved in Farm Machine Burglary
  • JCPD Prepares for Super Bowl Weekend, DUI Patrols with Additional Officers
  • Kingsport Police Search for Suspects who Stole Nearly $2,000 Worth of Items
  • Washington County Commissioner David Tomita Talks in Support of Project X
  • Eastman Chemical Earnings Up



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