published Monday, March 7th, 2011

Chattanooga: Mayor Littlefield continues push for sales tax agreement


by Cliff Hightower
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    Mayor Ron Littlefield . Staff Photo by Laura-Chase McGehee

Mayor Ron Littlefield continued today to say the sales-tax agreement between the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County would expire and that a brand-new agreement needs to be worked out.

Littlefield said today during a Pachyderm Club meeting he thinks the new agreement should consider not only sales tax, but all of the tax base.

He said some people have questioned why the mayor and the city of Chattanooga do not extend the current agreement.

“Why not extend the agreement?” he said. “Because it’s out of date.”

The original sales-tax agreement was made in 1966. It runs out in May.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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MasterChefLen said...

Mayor Littlefield is the one who is "Out of Date". This guy must think he Napolean or something? Pretty soon, when his term is set to expire, I would not be surprised if he tries to declare himself "Mayor for Life". Hopefully the entire city council gets voted out ("term limited" as Manny Rico calls it) the next go around.

March 7, 2011 at 4:57 p.m.
bpqd said...

I don't think the headline is accurate because it has been clear all along that Mayor Littlefield has been dragging his feet to avoid any kind of agreement.

An example of a functioning, rational, well-balanced agreement is the agreement we have in place now. Notice how it works, for example. Far superior to the fictions about budgets we've received from Mayor Littlefield's administration on other matters.

Notice how Mayor Littlefield opposes the sales tax agreement.

Mayor Littlefield opposes, not "pushes for", sales tax agreement. If the words "Mayor Littlefield" and "tax" were in the same sentence with any verbs which have positive connotations, like "approves"; then, we would hear his PR rep explaining away how the Mayor actually hates taxes. Mayor Littlefield will not only fail to provide adequate financing for local needs; but, he is likely to go out of his way to avoid appearing like he would provide that support by ever willfully maintaining a sound equitable practice, like this current agreement.

It's not to Mayor Littlefield's political advantage to do what makes basic sense, financially. He's a Republican.

Anyone with experience in finance knows that to re-contract an agreement after decades will almost surely mean less advantage for the customer; over time, restrictions, regulations and inflationary costs all have a greater tendency to erode equity. It is routinely better for the customer in finance to perpetuate older agreements than to re-finance under newer, more restrictive terms. The very idea that the Mayor is advocating a re-writing of the agreement shows that it's likely that everyone involved will get less for the their money.

Mayor Littlefield is fooling no one. It is up to the citizens of the county to contain his cronyism and false influence to his own constituency. We will be obliged to reject every offer even remotely related to anything he desires if we are to protect a sane and rational and functioning government.

March 7, 2011 at 6:46 p.m.
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