Local bail bond tax proposed

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DANDRIGE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials in Jefferson County are seeking a change in the state's bail bonds tax law.

Jefferson County Commissioner Rob Blevins told the Citizen Tribune ( that he is working with county attorney Larry Churchwell to draft a resolution requesting sponsorship of legislation that would allow cities and counties to impose a tax on bail bonds.

State law does not currently give local governments the power to enact such a tax.

Churchwell says the state collects a $12 fee on each bond issued.

Blevins said his proposal would add a 2.5 percent tax on each bail bond written.

The county commission is expected to vote on the proposed resolution on Monday.


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