Carter County

Carter Co. Board of Education sues city over liquor-by-the-drink taxes

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. - The Carter County Board of Education is suing the City of Elizabethton to get a portion of liquor-by-the drink money.

News 5 got a copy of the complaint filed in Carter County Chancery Court, but that paperwork does not specify a dollar amount.

We talked to Carter County Director of Schools Kevin Ward. He tells us they could get $80,000 to $100,000 dollars to help pay for schools.

The Tennessee Attorney General says cities should share more liquor-by-the-drink taxes with the county.

We called Elizabethton Mayor Curt Alexander. He says the city runs their own schools, and liquor by the drink sales are illegal outside city limits so they're waiting for a judge's ruling to make any payments.

Alexander also says the city and county have a great working relationship and tells us the lawsuit was filed to remain ahead of the state-imposed June 1 deadline.

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