Harriman considers cab business changes

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By Cindy Simpson

Harriman City Council members have discussed complaints about compettition from outside business.

 Councilman J.D. Sampson has even brought up the idea of limiting taxi businesses allowed.

Treasurer Charles Kerley suggested a permit fee that would level the playing field, and the cab businesses with city business licenses and paying personal property tax could deduct them from and up to the amount of the fee.

“There are some opportunities here I think to take some of the inequalities out of it,” Kerley said.

Many council members were less concerned about how many are in the market and more concerned about the safety and ethics of the operations, such as having clearly posted fares.

“I think the vehicle ought to be identified properly like it says in here and those fares posted,” Councilman Lonnie Wright said.

Councilman Ken Mynatt said he would prepare an ordinance that would address any changes council members may want.