Madison Co. commissioners table wheel tax, approve renaming bridges

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — County commissioners spent an hour Monday morning discussing the wheel tax.

“There really was no understanding of how it would read, how it would affect the voters, whether it would be implemented by the next commission or not,” Commissioner Gerry Neese said.

They could not agree on a decision.

“In the end result, it was tabled,” Neese said.

The need for the wheel tax comes after the city reallocated $12 million it had been giving the school system from a sales tax.

“We had to increase property tax last year to replace the money the city took from us,” Commissioner Larry Lowrance said.

The city and county did come to an agreement in June that the city would pay half of the $12 million to the school system, leaving the county to make up the other half.

While the wheel tax was tabled at the Monday meeting, one thing did get approved — the renaming of two bridges along South Highland Avenue.

The Vietnam Veterans Association sent a request to Mayor Jimmy Harris to have the bridges renamed.

“We identified the bridge numbers through the state,” Mayor Harris said. “In order to rename bridges, you have to have state action.”

The bridges, located just south of the fair grounds, will be renamed the Vietnam War Memorial Bridges.