Wright said the statute was overlooked because of the expediency with which we place the ordinance on the last meetings agenda and because the University of Tennessee Knoxville Municipal Technical Advisory Service, or MTAS, did not refer to any seven-day notice requirements.
According to Wright, the city used MTAS materials as a reference for drafting the ordinance and creating the sample referendum ballot. Those materials did not indicate the city had to publish a public notice before voting on the ordinance on first reading.
I have to take full blame for this as it is in the statute and I discovered it as I was crossing my Ts and dotting my Is before sending the ordinance to the state Department of Revenue for its review and approval of the ordinance, Wright said.
The sales tax increase, if approved by voters, would change Lebanons local share from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent, which would reach the state maximum of 9.75 percent. The council has to approve the measure on two readings and receive approval from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasurys Office before the second reading.
All sales tax increases require a referendum of the people, which would have to be held as a special election at the citys expense.
Wright said the new ordinance contains the exact wording as the one approved on Feb. 21, but pointed out he added language to vacate the previous vote.
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