County may challenge city over Falls development

POSTED: 5:51 PM Aug 09 2013

Washington County, Virginia officials are exploring their legal options when it comes to a controversial new development.

County administrator Nadine Culberson tells News 5 the Board of Supervisors will be voting next week on hiring a law firm that could challenge the City of Bristol, Virginia from collecting state sales tax to support the Falls development at exit 5 on I-81.

Culberson tells us as the state law is written, Bristol can use state sales tax money to continue developing the project or possibly use it as incentive money to lure businesses.

Culberson says that not only puts the city at an unfair advantage, it will end up hurting residents. "It goes right to the bottom line on a revenue source. When it comes to funding services, that means the only option we have is taxes, and we don't want to do that," she explained.

The Bristol, Virginia City Council met in a closed executive session Friday morning to discuss possible litigation regarding the Falls. As of right now, no lawsuit has been filed.