Locals Study New Taxes, Fees

Gibson County leaders want to raise the wheel tax 35 percent in a plan the mayor says will boost business relocation and the economy.

WBBJ TV Channel 7 reports that the mayor is touting the plan to increase the wheel tax from $35 to $47.50 as a way to attract jobs. The county commission is set to vote on the measure Monday.

They’re not the only local governments eyeing taxes and fees. River enthusiasts in Cheatham County, you’re the next target.

County commissioners are considering the formation of a Visitors and Recreation Bureau, which, the Ashland City Times reports, “would regulate and tax recreational businesses such as the canoe rentals in south Cheatham County. The money generated would be used to help promote tourism in the county.”

The story says that the Chamber of Commerce would pay for the bureau staff and that “there is no funding required by the commission.”

Meanwhile, a sewer district near Crossville is considering shaking up its fees, according to the Crossville Chronicle.

The Tansi Sewer Utility District is considering a fee structure of $60 monthly for service and a charge for new connections of $5,950, which could be paid over 10 years.

While locals are talking about what fees and taxes to levy next, the tax talk at the Capitol has leaned in the other direction. State senators on Wednesday approved a measure that seeks to ban any future implementation of an income tax. The proposal moves to the House, and at the earliest could be approved by voters in 2014.