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Cleveland, Tenn., wants a new sales tax deal

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CLEVELAND, TN. (Times Free Press) -- The Cleveland City Council voted 4-3 Monday to appeal a 1967 agreement with Bradley County on how local option sales tax revenue is shared.

"That's the most important vote we as a City Council will ever make," said Councilman David May, casting an approval vote. He was joined by Avery Johnson, Charlie McKenzie and Bill Estes.

Councilman Richard Banks, who with George Poe and Dale Hughes voted against filing the appeal with the Tennessee Court of Appeals, said city officials have "been fighting with the county too long."

The dispute does not involve the half-cent sales tax increase approved by city voters in 2009 for capital projects such as roads and school construction.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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