Van Buren leaders are planning to sell 157 acres

Posted By | March 24, 2014 12:00 am

Raela Gore
Staff Writer
Van Buren County Commission addressed a relief program, Van Buren County Ambulance Service write-offs, equal distribution of local option sales tax, land sales, and new business during the March 18 meeting.
The commission addressed a resolution to encourage the Tennessee General Assembly to fully fund the state tax relief program for the disabled and elderly property owners of Tennessee. The resolution would affect disabled and elderly citizens who meet a certain base income level. Through this resolution, many individuals in the past have been able to remain homeowners. The resolution passed.
The Van Buren Ambulance Service addressed the commission about $35,471.11 from 2006 to 2012 in need of a write-off. This resolution to write off the balance passed.
The commission also addressed a resolution to request legislation by the Tennessee General Assembly to more equitably distribute local option sales tax collected by online retailers not physically located in Tennessee. The Van Buren Legislative Body is requesting state legislators initiate appropriate legislation to ensure Local Option Sales Tax collected and remitted to the State of Tennessee is distributed to local governments based upon the residence and shipped to the address of the purchaser who paid the tax. In addition, the resolution requests that Local Option Sales Tax obtained via online retailers not physically located in the State of Tennessee is more equitably distributed. This resolution passed.
The commission passed a motion to use $800 to survey the area between Spring Street and Highway 30 including the fairgrounds, Burritt College, USA Enterprise building, and the library area.
Lesa Bouldin made a motion to reappoint Johnny Guy and David Sullivan to the Beer Board Permit Committee.
Lesa Bouldin also proposed that the commission sell the property of 157 acres once owned by Mountain Village Investment Group together with one deed to save money for the county. The motion passed.
In an attempt to avoid negative activity, Timberland Drive, off Gulf Road, will be gated or roped off, as it is a private road and not a county road.

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