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During the city manager report at Thursdays city council meeting, David Rutherford reported that sales tax collections are at $2.5 million for the year to date, up from last year by over $100,000. Wholesale beer tax revenue remains steady for the year at $237,000, while liquor inspection fees jumped to $118,000 marking an increase of over $20,000 for the period last year. Also, the city has collected over $125,000 in building permit fees for the period between July and October.
A motion to increase hangar fees at the airport failed during the Crossville City Council regular session on Thursday. Council member Pete Souza was attempting to restructure the fee table for hangar rental and add an additional fee for out of county renters.
The Crossville City Council in regular session approved funding for their portion of a transportation planning grant from TDOT. The grant will provide up to $250,000 to study ways to improve mobility throughout the City and support a more pedestrian friendly downtown, and additionally will look at existing traffic problem areas and recommend actions to address them. The local portion of the grant will be $25,000.
For the third time, Crossville City Manager David Rutherford presented a proposal to council for an employee wellness program that will provide incentives for weight loss and health maintenance. The proposal finally met with a positive vote from council in a 3-1 vote, with council member Jessie Kerley absent. The program, to begin January 2016, will reward employees who lose weight during a 6 month period ending in June. The program was approved for 1 year, but if it continues the city could see a decrease in insurance premiums. According to Rutherford, Crossville has seen an 18 percent increase in premiums over the past 2 years, while another city that has an employee wellness program has received a 5 percent discount.
UT is hoping to become bowl eligible as they host the North Texas Mean Green during Saturday’s homecoming game in Knoxville. Kick off is set for 11 a.m. Central Time. The pre-game begins at 9:30 a.m. Hear all the action on your home for the Vols, 102.5 WOW Country, Today’s Country and the Legends.