Bonnaroo County Ticket Tax Approval Suspended For State Review | Local News
The Coffee County Commission passed a resolution at the September meeting calling on the state to sign a ticket tax that would charge $ 3 or $ 5 per festival ticket.
County District Attorney Robert Huskey told the commission that the original motion should not be amended to include the recommendation to refer to the state.
“It’s one thing to add a sentence or something like that, but (it’s) something that needs a little more information.
Parliamentarian Joe Pedigo said the floor motion should be postponed until Huskey can come back with state advice.
The ticket tax came under criticism at a meeting of the budget and finance committee when representatives from Bonnaroo said the county did not have the power to levy the tax without the approval of the state. The festival threatened legal action if the county passed the tax.
In defending the ticket tax as a whole, Budget and Finance Chairman Bobby Bryan said the county was within its rights to seek revenue for an event of this magnitude.
“Especially when we are looking at the city of Manchester and Bonnaroo through the annexation process, also trying to take over a million dollars from the county taxpayer,” he said.
“I see where it’s very appropriate to do this,” said Bryan.
Bryan expanded on the topic at the September Rural Caucus meeting.
“The way I see it, Bonnaroo will pass that on to the people who buy the tickets. If someone buys a ticket over $ 400, they pay a tax of $ 5. If it’s a $ 100 ticket, c ‘is $ 1. No one has convinced me yet that someone will not go to Bonnaroo and buy a ticket if there is an extra $ 1 or $ 5 on a $ 400 bill… C ‘This is how I see it,’ said Bryan.
“Especially when they and the city of Manchester are trying to take over a million dollars. I use the word take, and I am kind. There’s a reason the state of Tennessee is passing harmlessly… because they didn’t want a city to steal a county’s revenue. You set budgets assuming that income, ”he said.
The deferral motion went from 18 to 0.
Annex costume questioned in caucus
Members present at this rural caucus meeting on Monday, September 13 re-launched the county’s complaint about the annexation. Members stressed that the lawsuit was not seeking the annulment of the annexation.
At one point in the discussion, the audience was offered an overview of some of the private leadership sessions that government agencies can use in limited ways to get information from their lawyers regarding litigation.
Commissioner Dennis Hunt said: “On May 18th my phone rang from Robert Huskey, a conference call with myself and Jim Fielding. I need to meet you. Assuming he tells me because I’m in the district and Jim was the rural caucus chair. I asked him when Jim and I got to his office, that I didn’t feel comfortable with this type of meeting. He said I would let the mayor know.
“At that point (Huskey) didn’t think what we were doing was appropriate… the annexation dossier. He said it was unethical for him to proceed and that it should be rescinded, ”Hunt said.
Keele said the lawsuit actually filed is asking the courts to hold harmless money as broadly defined by the state, rather than asking for the annexation to be overturned.
“We are only working on the recovery of (lost) income,” Keele said. “
John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. John has won the Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photography and has placed in many other categories. John graduated from Tullahoma High School in 1994, graduated from Motlow State Community College, and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, enjoys painting, dancing and exploring the outdoors.