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Impact Fees and Adequate Facilities Tax
General (Created: 07/16/2014; Reviewed: November 28, 2016 )

MTAS provided examples from other Tennessee cities on impact fees and adequate facilities tax.
Impact Fees, Development Taxes, and Adequate Facilities Taxes
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/30/2006; Reviewed: August 17, 2017 )

MTAS was asked to address a question about impact fees and levying an adequate facilities tax.
Implementing GASB 34
General (Created: 07/08/2004; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked for help in estimating the life expectancy of buildings and equipment.
Implied Dedication of an Alley
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/27/1994; Reviewed: October 7, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a certain alley is a city street.
Imposing New Regulations on the Sale of Beer on Existing Businesses
Legal Opinion (Created: 08/01/1995; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city could impose new regulations on the sale of beer on existing businesses, specifically, prohibiting the sale of beer at drive-in windows.
Imposing Property Maintenance Regulations Through a Zoning Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/2004; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether a municipality can impose property maintenance regulations through its zoning ordinance.
In Lieu of Tax Payment Calculator
General (Created: 03/14/2006; Reviewed: October 26, 2016 )

MTAS has developed a worksheet to assist local governments in calculating in lieu of tax payments.
Incentive Pay for City Employees Who Attain Certification
Survey (Created: 06/01/2017; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

Cities were asked if incentive pay was given to employees who attained certification in a job-related or other field, or for earning an associate or Bachelor's degree.
Incentive/Disincentive Contracts
General (Created: 06/12/2006; Reviewed: October 7, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether other cities use incentive contracts.
Incentives for ASE and EVT Certifications for Fleet Technicians
Survey (Created: 12/04/2018; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

Selected Tennessee cities were surveyed to find out if they offer incentives to their fleet technicians for getting an ASE or CVT certificates.
Incident Initiated Public Fire Safety Education Encounter
Form (Created: 07/01/2018; Reviewed: May 21, 2021 )

Often on an incident firefighters are asked to provide, or voluntarily provide, fire safety information to the occupants. Such encounters allow fire department members to educate the public on fire safety. ISO considers such activities as public fire safety education and the community can receive credit towards community risk reduction credit for the ISO evaluation. To receive the credit, the effort must be documented. This form should be used to document any fire safety education interaction with the public as a result of the fire department's response to a home or business.
Inclement Weather Notification in Select Tennessee Cities
Survey (Created: 09/11/2018; Reviewed: November 12, 2020 )

Thirteen cities in Tennessee were surveyed to find out if their municipality closes during inclement weather and if so, how do they communicate that to non-emergency employees who do not have to report to work.
Incompetency as a Ground for Dismissal Without the Support of a Job Description
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/19/1994; Reviewed: June 27, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether incompetency will stand as a ground for dismissal without the support of a job description.
Incorporation Process
General (Created: 02/01/2016; Reviewed: April 19, 2021 )

MTAS provided some information on the incorporation process in Tennessee.
Increasing Environmental Efficiency of Crossville's Fleet
Report/Study (Created: 10/04/2007; Reviewed: October 18, 2018 )

A PowerPoint presentation on biofuels.
Increasing the Salary of the City Judge
Legal Opinion (Created: 05/06/1998; Reviewed: June 26, 2017 )

MTAS was asked several questions about increasing the salary of the city judge.
Indemnification of City Officers, Employees, and Board Members
General (Created: 03/26/2014; Reviewed: April 15, 2021 )

MTAS was asked about the importance of adopting language to indemnify city officers, employees, and board members while properly acting in the scope of their official duties.
Informal Assemblage Violates Tennessee Open Meetings Law
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/10/2002; Reviewed: March 29, 2010 )

MTAS was asked whether meetings between the Mayor and a member of Council to discuss the preparation of the City's budget would violate the Sunshine Law or Open Meetings Law.
Information Coordinator
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: May 31, 2017 )

Job description for the position of Information Coordinator.
Information Technology Job Descriptions
Job Description (Created: 02/28/2017; Reviewed: February 28, 2017 )

Several IT job descriptions from the City of Chattanooga, including: Assistant Director IT Operations, Assistant Director IT Security, IT Computer Technician, IT Specialist, IT Support Services Supervisor, and Manager IT Operations.
Infrastructure Assets Reporting
General (Created: 03/06/2003; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the modified approach for reporting infrastructure assets could be used in the Water & Sewer Fund or other enterprise fund operations.
Infrastructure Investment Gap Facing Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems
(Created: 10/24/2000; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

The gap between infrastructure spending and infrastructure needs is an enormous problem and it is growing.
Inoperable Bus as Violation of Town Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 10/24/2002; Reviewed: April 30, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether an inoperable bus that is maintained by a business owner on the lot on which the business is located would be considered a 'building' since it is used for storage.
Inspecting a Private Club That Has a Beer License
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/14/1995; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether the city can inspect a private club that has a beer license.
Insurance for Elected Officials
Survey (Created: 06/17/2020; Reviewed: November 24, 2020 )

Ten Tennessee cities responded to a request for information regarding whether or not the city provides medical insurance to their elected officials.
Interest Earned on Utility Deposit
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/17/2006; Reviewed: April 23, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the interest earned on the utility deposit charged by the city for certain utility services belongs to the utility or to the customer.
Interim Officer Remains in Office Until Next Regular Election
Legal Opinion (Created: 02/20/1998; Reviewed: May 25, 2017 )

The term of the individual holding the interim position of the previous vacant office shall expire at the next regular election.
Interlocal Agreement Between the Town of Walden, Tennessee, Hamilton County, Tennessee and the Hamilton County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office for the Provision of Law Enforcement Services
Resolution (Created: 12/04/2014; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

A resolution to create an interlocal agreement between the Town of Walden, Tennessee, Hamilton County, Tennessee and the Hamilton County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office for the provision of law enforcement services.
Interlocal Agreement by and between the Town of Centerville, Tennessee and the E911 Emergency Communications District of Hickman County, Tennessee
General (Created: 05/18/2010; Reviewed: November 7, 2016 )

An agreement for emergency communications services between Centerville and the E911 Emergency Communications District of Hickman County.
Interlocal Agreement for Planning Assistance
General (Created: 06/19/2012; Reviewed: October 7, 2020 )

Examples of interlocal agreements for planning services.
Internal Audit Manager
Job Description (Created: 09/24/2002; Reviewed: December 15, 2020 )

Job description for the position of Internal Audit Manager.
Internal Control Tool Kit for Municipal Governments
Report/Study (Created: 02/16/2016; Reviewed: April 6, 2020 )

This toolkit is intended to assist cities in getting started on or reassessing their existing internal control system.
Internet Forum for Williamson County, Tennessee, Terms of Use Agreement and Resolution
General (Created: 06/01/2011; Reviewed: March 22, 2012 )

An example of a Terms of Use Agreement and a Resolution as submitted by Williamson County for a public Internet forum for use by its County Commissioners.
Internet Service Provider Contract
Legal Opinion (Created: 01/04/2002; Reviewed: May 7, 2021 )

Must a city take bids for an internet serivce provider, or does an ISP qualify as a professional service or single source?
Interns in the Workplace Survey
Survey (Created: 01/03/2005; Reviewed: April 28, 2021 )

Nineteen cities and counties were asked several questions about their use and pay of interns in city departments.
Interview Questions for a Children's Programs Librarian
General (Created: 02/21/2003; Reviewed: March 22, 2010 )

MTAS was asked to provide sample questions to be used when interviewing for a children's programs librarian.
Introduction and Formalization of Council Work Sessions
General (Created: 02/07/2014; Reviewed: October 7, 2020 )

Council work sessions should be used to provide an opportunity to review complex or involved projects or issues, or to introduce topics requiring special attention and discussion by the board before the matter is placed on a future agenda for formal action.
Invitation to Bid: Mowing Services
RFP (Created: 10/05/2009; Reviewed: April 21, 2017 )

An invitation to bid mowing services for the City of Johnson City.
Iran Divestment Act Affects Purchasing In Tennessee Cities and Towns
General (Created: 07/29/2016; Reviewed: July 29, 2016 )

This article reports that persons or entities determined to be engaged in investment activities with Iran are listed on the state's website and are prohibited from contracting with any political subdivision of this state and any contract entered into shall be void.
Is a 'No U-Turn' Sign a Prerequisite to a 'No U-Turn' Prohibition or Ordinance?
Legal Opinion (Created: 11/03/2010; Reviewed: October 7, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether a 'No U-Turn' sign is a prerequisite to a 'No U-Turn' prohibition or ordinance.
Is a Certain Contract City Administrator an Employee or an Independent Contractor?
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/22/2006; Reviewed: June 9, 2021 )

MTAS was asked whether the board of mayor and aldermen's delegation of certain administrative functions to the 'Administrative Consultant'Town Operations Supervisor' is legal and if the person holding the position is an employee or an independent contractor.
Is a Meeting of a Committee Appointed by the Mayor Subject to the Requirements of the Tennessee Open Meeting Act?
Legal Opinion (Created: 03/31/1999; Reviewed: July 15, 2017 )

MTAS was asked whether a meeting of a committee appointed by the Mayor is subject to the requirements of the Tennessee Open Meeting Act.
Is an Individual Working in the Library an Employee of the City?
General (Created: 08/09/2006; Reviewed: September 5, 2006 )

MTAS was asked whether an individual is an employee of the city or an independent contractor.
Is DUI Grounds for Removing an Alderman?
General (Created: 08/19/2004; Reviewed: October 7, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether the City has the legal authority to remove an alderman who has been arrested for DUI.
Is Taking the Oath of Office Mandatory?
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/26/2006; Reviewed: June 9, 2021 )

Analyzed the question of whether the oath of office is mandatory and the legal effect the failure of a public officer to take the oath has on his votes and decisions.
Is There Empirical Evidence That Surveillance Cameras Reduce Crime?
Report/Study (Created: 09/26/2016; Reviewed: May 12, 2021 )

Based on the papers, articles, and reports reviewed, it seems that CCTV is most effective when combined with other crime reducing/deterring methods such as improved lighting, security guards, and defensible space.
Issuance of a Beer Permit When One of the Partners Has -- a Felony Conviction for Burglary
Legal Opinion (Created: 06/18/1993; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked about the issuance of a beer permit where a partnership has applied for a beer permit and one of the partners has a felony conviction for burglary.
Issuance of Beer Permits Under Beer Ordinance
Legal Opinion (Created: 04/13/1994; Reviewed: June 19, 2017 )

MTAS was asked if the beer board was correct in denying a beer permit for two brothers, after the board learned that a third brother, who has been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, was also going to be a partner in the business.
Issuing a Beer Permit to an Illegal Alien
Legal Opinion (Created: 12/02/2010; Reviewed: October 7, 2020 )

MTAS was asked whether an illegal alien is entitled to a beer permit.
IT staffing in selected Tennessee cities
Survey (Created: 08/05/2019; Reviewed: January 28, 2020 )

A survey of selected cities and towns in Tennessee regarding whether they have an IT manager on staff, other IT staff positions, and if they contract for any of their IT staff. If respondents have contracted IT staff, they were asked further questions about the contract procurement process. Information on the vendors and one sample RFP are provided.
IT Staffing Survey
Survey (Created: 01/06/2019; Reviewed: May 14, 2020 )

Eleven Human Resources Directors/Managers were surveyed to find out if their cities have in-house IT staff or contract employees.
It's Not Too Late to Achieve a Good Census Count in Your Tennessee Municipality
General (Created: 09/04/2020; Reviewed: September 11, 2020 )

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.

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