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Compensation/Classification Consulting Service Providers

A list of consulting companies who can do compensation studies.

Model Procurement Code Amendment for Purchases Through Competitive Sealed Proposals

MTAS and the Tennessee State Comptroller are required by state law (T.C.A.12-3-1207(d)) to "develop a model procurement code that may be adopted by any municipality to guide the governing body and purchasing agent in making purchases through requests for competitive sealed proposals. The model procurement code shall contain provisions allowing an aggrieved respondent to protest the intended award to another respondent if the protest is filed within seven (7) calendar days after the intended award is announced. The protest shall be filed with and decided by the municipal governing body." This model ordinance, developed by MTAS and approved by the State Comptroller's Office, satisfies this statutory requirement.

Water & Sewer Tap Fees in Selected Tennessee Cities

Fifteen Tennessee cities responded to a request for information having to do with residential water and sewer tap fees.

Alternative Hostile Work Environment Policy Language

Sample policy language for use when a complaint of hostile work environment, workplace harassment, or sexual harassment is lodged against a city manager by a city employee. Language provides an alternative process for handling the compliant.

An Ordinance Adding Language Regarding Animal Control for Cats

The Town of Baileyton, Tennessee required an update to the Municipal Code in order to change the animal control language to include provisions for cats.

Health Insurance Provision in Cities with Less Than 10 Employees

Twelve cities responded to a request for information regarding whether or not they provide insurance benefits when there are less than 10 employees on the payroll.

Quality Assurance Program for Enforcement and Inspection Programs

MTAS Fire Consultant Dennis Wolf authored this template that can be used by any city or town to provide a means of measuring the quality of fire inspections performed.

Baileyton sewer connection increase ordinance

Management Consultant Pat Hardy authored this ordinance for the Town of Baileyton, Tennessee regarding adjusting sewer connection charges.

Paid Maternity Leave and Short-term Disability in Selected Tennessee Cities

Twelve cities responded to a request for information regarding paid maternity leave and short-term disability for their employees.

Somerville Pearl Road speed limit recommendations

Somerville Police Chief David Webb contacted MTAS to ask for assistance establishing speed limits on Pearl Road in the Glengarry Estates Subdivision. Glengarry is a relatively new subdivision that up until recently did not have speed limits posted. The outcome is that MTAS recommends that the speed limit be set at 25 miles per hour.

Computer-aided dispatch software survey

A compilation of information from ten counties in Tennessee and the computer-aided dispatch software used in their 911 departments.

Utility Board Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide cities with a better understanding of funding water and sewer utility operations. Water and sewer operations are often very costly, but they provide a public health service. Also, water and sewer services are necessary if communities are to grow and attract new investment.


Guide to Alcohol and Beer Laws in Tennessee

MTAS frequently receive questions related to alcohol and beer laws in Tennessee. In an effort to assist municipal officials and employees with these questions, MTAS developed this guide that includes many of the relevant statutory provisions related to alcohol and beer in Tennessee. This guide does not include every statutory provision related to alcohol or beer, so the Tennessee Code will still need to be reviewed as questions arise.

Tennessee Sales and Use Tax: County and City Local Tax Rates (Nov. 2020)

Alphabetical list of Tennessee counties and cities with their local sales tax rates from the Tennessee Department of Revenue. Document is dated as "revised November 2020."

First Responder Compensation Survey

Ten Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding compensation for experienced, certified and entry level first responders.

Manager Compensation Survey

Nine Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding salary and compensation for their City Manager/City Administrator roles.

Municipal Court Survey 2020

MTAS conducted a statewide survey of municipal court clerk contacts available in the MTAS city directory. Survey invitations were sent to 234 contacts and 105 surveys were completed. Questions about municipal court operations are frequent and over the years MTAS has conducted several smaller surveys. This survey was an attempt to combine the previous surveys into one comprehensive resource.

City Manager Agreements, Severance Provisions, and Salary in Selected Tennessee Cities

A survey of selected cities in Tennessee regarding city manager/administrator agreements and salary.

Electric System Director Interview Questions

Sample interview questions developed by MTAS for interviewing candidates for position of municipal electric system director.

Legality of Ordinance Changing Staggered Four-Year Term of Office to Non-Staggered Two-Year Term of Office

MTAS was asked to give an opinion on the legality of an ordinance which changed the board of mayor and alderman from a staggered four-year term of office to a non-staggered two-year term of office.

Ordinance Regulating Detached Garages and Other Accessory Structures

A brief ordinance developed by MTAS to address the regulation of detached garages and other accessory structures.


Resolution to Hire Part-time City Manager (General Law Manager-Commission Charter)

A sample resolution prepared by MTAS to be used by a board/council for hiring a part-time city manager in a general law manager-commission charter city.

Educational Assistance in Tennessee Cities and Selected Airports

An online survey was sent to 111 email addresses for human resources directors and other positions holding these responsibilities. A total of 66 responses were received regarding educational assistance for city and airport employees in the state.

Samples of Zoning Regulations for Accessory Units

Management Consultant Pat Hardy compiled zoning regulations for accessory units on residential lots from six Tennessee cities.

Sample Resolution to Designate Depository Bank

MTAS developed a brief resolution for designating a depository bank.

Sampling of Current Long-Serving Mayors

This is a brief sampling of mayors that have served 20 years or more (concurrently).

It's Not Too Late to Achieve a Good Census Count in Your Tennessee Municipality

An MTAS Hot Topic providing resources on the 2020 Census impact on local finances and resources for getting a message out encouraging participation in the decennial count.

2020 Payroll Tax Deferral Guidance

A memo from MTAS on the 2020 Payroll Tax Deferral Program

City Manager Job Description in a Smaller General Law Manager-Commissioned City

A sample job description for the City Manager of Watauga, Tennessee.

Sample Agreement for Building Code Inspection Services Between Johnson City, TN and Elizabethton, TN

A sample agreement for the building inspector from Elizabethton, TN to enforce the NEC 2011 for Johnson City, TN on a temporary basis. Agreement includes terms for the hourly wage and mileage payments.