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Bradley County to pay liquor tax revenues to schools

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CLEVELAND, TN (Times Free Press) -

The Bradley County Commission has agreed to pay $120,000 in previously distributed liquor tax revenues to the Bradley County and Cleveland school systems.

In doing so, the commission falls in line with an opinion issued in February by Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper. In the nonbinding opinion, Cooper said that cities across the state need to start paying school districts millions of dollars in mixed-drink taxes that inadvertently went unpaid for years.

Yet the question of whether and what to pay remains up in the air for some cities. More than a dozen are affected by the unpaid liquor taxes, including Chattanooga, Cleveland, South Pittsburg and Jasper.

Hamilton County Schools says it is owed more than $11 million by Chattanooga.

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