Johnson City

Tax battle in Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. - Johnson City is at odds with Washington County over tax money the school board says is owed to them.

A February opinion from the state attorney general states that counties across the state should receive a share of the money collected from liquor by the drink sales.

The Washington County school board says the city owes them three point two million dollars.

The school board hired an attorney to look in to it. "It's all really based on a statute." said Keith Bowers "It just got to be recognized by other municipalities and other counties across the state that the counties have not been receiving their fair share of these funds, and it's our position that we're entitled to a share of those funds for our school system."

Johnson City feels they have followed the law over the years... and believe they don't owe the county anything. "This is a different interpretation than when this issue was brought up to prior district attorney generals." said Mayor Ralph Van Brocklin "So we'll see what the effects of litigation in Bradley County and Hamilton County are where the school systems are suing for this money and our city will react accordingly."

The county says the school board deserves its fair share.

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