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Sullivan commissioner defers action on measure calling for new fee on license, permit transactions

March 1st, 2014 10:59 pm by J. H. Osborne

Sullivan commissioner defers action on measure calling for new fee on license, permit transactions

BLOUNTVILLE — A proposal to charge Sullivan County residents a new $5 fee for many license and permit transactions seems to have been put in storage.

The money raised by the new fee would go to help cover costs of longtime archiving of county records.

County Commissioner Bill Kilgore has indefinitely deferred county commission action on his resolution calling for the fee.

That resolution to implement the fee was on the Sullivan County Commission’s agenda the past two months.

But at the commission’s February meeting, Kilgore said he will defer the issue until all the county officeholders whose office produce items that must be archived can present him with some sort of inventory of which files must be kept long term.

Kilgore said that will provide a better estimate of how much revenue is realistically needed to meet the county’s long term archival needs.

State law dictates which items must be kept and for how long.

Kilgore took care to note he did not pull the resolution, but simply deferred it — meaning it will roll to each month’s agenda as long as he requests to keep it there.

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