The threat of facing a grand jury helped convince Davidson County Clerk John Arriola to resign after a fight to keep his job. News reports and then multiple audits uncovered mismanagement in his office. Prosecutors say resignation is the most “beneficial resolution” because there were “no clear-cut violations of criminal law.”
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Last night, the Metro Council passed a resolution calling on Davidson County Clerk John Arriola to resign.
District Attorney Torry Johnson says he’s asking the state to look into possible wrongdoing by Davidson County Clerk John Arriola. A Channel Five investigation questioned whether Arriola placed someone on his payroll who doesn’t actually perform a job for the clerk’s office. Those reports also said Arriola charges for officiating at weddings.
A predicted increase in business taxes has not materialized after the state took over collections from county clerks. The Tennessee Department of Revenue argued it was better equipped to crack down on delinquent businesses. But instead of $21 million in new revenue, collections for 2010 were only slightly higher than the prior year.
The Davidson County Clerk’s office has become something of a marriage factory over the last few years. Undocumented aliens, once prevented from marrying, are now allowed to wed in Tennessee. And many are getting hitched in Nashville.
As the state takes over collection of business taxes from local governments, county clerks are having to hold the hands of some businesses through the transition.
A change in who collects business taxes in Tennessee has already uncovered 5,600 potential accounts going unpaid.