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These permits will cost around $25.00.

The Benton City Council met Monday night for its regularly scheduled meeting. All three members of the Council were present.

The Council passed a resolution “to exempt the City from applicability of statewide building construction safety standards in one-family and two-family dwellings.” City Recorder Debbie Swigert explained to the Council that this was a resolution that would allow the City to issue its own building permits, rather than requiring citizens to travel all the way to Maryville to receive one from the State. She added that the average cost of the State permits was around $300, as well as requiring citizens to drive out of the County to get their permit. The State permits also require inspections by the State.

The Council resolved to opt-out of the State permit requirement and will instead issue their own building permits. These permits will cost around $25.00. Commissioner Pack motioned to approve the resolution, while Commissioner Jenkins seconded. Both Commissioners, as well as Mayor Jerry Stephens, voted yes.

The Council reviewed a second resolution to be sent to State Representative Eric Watson. This resolution would request that a current Tennessee Code be revised to allow Cities to retain their own sales tax increase should a county adopt a sales tax after the City has already increased its sales tax. Polk County voters voted against adopting a County sales tax in the November 6th election, but, should the State choose to adopt this resolution, Cities would be held harmless in the future.

The Council meets the first Monday of every month in the Benton Municipal Building at 5 p.m.


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