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County Funding of Roads

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Reviewed Date: June 21, 2021

Original Author: 
Broughton, Jeff
Hodge, Elisha
Date of Material: 
Jun 29, 2016

County government--Finance
Taxes--Gasoline and motor fuels
Open meetings--Laws and regulations--Tennessee

County Funding of Roads

MTAS was asked three questions: (1) Whether a county highway department is restricted in spending its gas tax revenues to only outside municipalities; (2) Whether a county can legally earmark a portion of county property taxes collected within a municipality to roads outside the municipality; and (3) Whether a county is required to have a public hearing before final passage of the budget.


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