The city of Tullahoma wants to ensure the money collected from the county’s newest tax will not be slotted just for the county’s general fund.
In a unanimous vote on Monday, July 8, the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed a resolution supporting the use of the county’s new hotel/motel tax revenues be used “to promote and enhance tourism in Coffee County.”
According to the resolution, the city is requesting that the revenues generated from the newly-passed hotel/motel tax be used to benefit the entire county, as tourism is a “top industry” in the county and can benefit both Manchester and Tullahoma equally.
“Whereas revenue generated from the new Coffee County hotel tax could support tourism-related capital projects, including enhancements to downtown areas, local parks, cultural destinations, arts centers, museums, historic sites, cemeteries and other visitor destinations … the board of mayor and aldermen recognize that tourism is a top industry in Coffee County with boundless potential for growth ... [and] ask that revenues from the new Coffee County hotel tax be dedicated to supporting tourism in all parts of Coffee County,” the resolution says in part.
When asked if he wanted to keep the money from directly supporting the Manchester Coffee County Conference Center, Mayor Lane Curlee rejected that premise, saying instead that there were many other smaller projects that could benefit from the new hotel/motel tax revenue.
During the meeting, Curlee described the resolution to the board:
“We just ask that the funds [go] toward specific items instead of going to the general fund,” he said just before the vote was held.
Following the vote on the resolution, City Administrator said she would present a copy of the signed document to Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell’s office and “ask that they distribute it” to the 21 county commissioners.
The new tax took effect in the county on Monday, July 1. According to county officials, the new tax is estimated to bring in about $280,000 each year.
A copy of the full resolution may be found below.
Erin McCullough may be reached at email@example.com.