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Apr 15, 1949

Municipal Technical Advisory Service
Tennessee--Laws and regulations

Legislation Creating MTAS

The Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) was created in 1949 by Public Act of the General Assembly.

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Chapter NO. 261
Senate Bill No. 607

(By Fields, Everhart, Bowles, Avery, Lockert, Lockhart.)

A BILL to be entitled: AN ACT to establish a Municipal Technical Advisory Service in the University of Tennessee; to provide an appropriation therefor and for expenditure thereof; to prescribe the objectives and duties of such service; and to amend Chapter 3, Public Acts of 1947, as amended, the caption of which is as follows: “AN ACT to define certain additional privileges and to levy and provide for the collection of additional privilege taxes; and to provide penalties for violation of this Act,” by appropriating a portion of the twelve and one-half per cent of the sales tax collections allocated to municipalities in Section 15 thereof for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, That before distributing monies to incorporated municipalities from the sales tax, as provided in Section 15, Paragraph 2, Chapter 3, Public Acts of 1947, as amended, the Director of Accounts shall make a deduction there-from monthly, beginning with the sales tax receipts of April, 1949, of the sum of Two Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventeen ($2,917.00) Dollars per month of the twelve and one-half per cent of sales tax collections allocated to incorporated municipalities, which sum together with an appropriation of Thirty-Five Thousand ($35,000.00) Dollars per annum from the General Fund of the State beginning on July 1, 1949, shall be apportioned and transmitted to the University of Tennessee for use by the University in establishing and operating a Municipal Technical Advisory Service in its Division of University Extension, and shall be used for studies and research in municipal government, publications, educational conferences and attendance thereat and in furnishing technical, consultative and field services to municipalities in problems relating to fiscal administration, accounting, tax assessment and collection, law enforcement, improvements and public works, and in any and all matters relating to municipal government. This program shall be carried on in cooperation with and with the advice of cities and towns of the State acting through the Tennessee Municipal League and its Executive Committee, which is hereby recognized as their official agency or instrumentality

SEC. 2. Be it further enacted, That the provisions of this Act are hereby declared to be severable. If any of its sections, provisions, sentences, clauses, phrases, or parts be held unconstitutional or void, then the remainder of this Act shall continue in full force and effect, it being the legislative intent, hereby now declared, that this Act would have been adopted, even if such unconstitutional or void matter had not been included therein.

SEC. 3. Be it further enacted, That all laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act be, and the same are, hereby repealed, or amended, and this Act shall take effect from and after April 1, 1949, the public welfare requiring it.
Passed: April 15, 1949.

Walter M. Hanes,
Speaker of the Senate.
McAllen Foutch,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Approved: April 15, 1949.

Gordon Browning,


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