3 Cities in Sumner County, TN Owe $1.5 Million in Liquor Taxes

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GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — Three cities owe an estimated $1.5 million to the Sumner County School District after a portion of the state's liquor-by-the-drink tax failed to end up in the hands of the school system.

The Tennessean reports that Gallatin, Hendersonville and Portland failed to pay the tax tab for years. Sumner County Finance Director David Lawing says in the case of Hendersonville, that city hasn't paid since passing its liquor-by-the-drink referendum in 1989. Its tab stands at $975,874.

Gallatin owes $489,960 after making three payments: $45,550 in April, $7,467 in June and $7,842 in July. And Portland, which hasn't made any payments, is on the hook for about $10,400.

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