published Friday, May 13th, 2011

Chattanooga: Meeting on Health Department cuts under way

by Dan Whisenhunt

Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield’s meeting on budgets cuts to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department is under way, but so far the discussion has focused on the Homeless Health Care Center.

Hamilton County put off plans to relocate the Homeless Health Care Center to 11th Street as part of a joint venture with the city.

Coppinger and Hamilton County commissioners are not at this morning’s meeting.

Executives with local hospitals are participating.

“At Memorial we provide a nurse at the homeless health care clinic,” said Howard Roddy ,vice president at Memorial Health Care System. “Additionally we work with the Community Kitchen ... homeless patients, when they’re dismissed from surgery, can’t recover under a bridge or something.”

about Dan Whisenhunt...

Dan Whisenhunt covers Hamilton County government for the Times Free Press. A native of Mobile, Ala., Dan earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama. He won first place for best in-depth news coverage in the 2010 Alabama Press Association contest; the FOI-First Amendment Award in the 2007 Alabama Press Association contest; first place for best public service story in the Alabama AP Managing Editors contest in 2009 for economic coverage; and ...

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midnitewatchman said...

Chattanooga leadership has stated many times it is the countys responsibility and its up to them how to handle this. When it doesnt work to the Chattanooga's leadership advantage "Chattanooga" forms a meeting and the "City mayor" says he is a "county resident" so it does concern him? With all the talk of only hiring city employees that live in the city limits and amending the charter, The Cities top leader does not live in the City Limits? The county has more constitutional power than the city. You would have thought the City goverment would have learned by now that playing to the media is a two edged sword.

May 13, 2011 at 10:19 a.m.
youngdem said...

Midnitewatchman, Of course the Mayor lives in the City. That is a requirement to hold the position. He was making a very good point that ALL city residents live in Hamilton County. This idea that city residents don't pay for county services is absurd. If you live in Chattanooga, you pay twice as much for some county services as someone who lives in another municipality or an unincorporated area.

May 13, 2011 at 2:14 p.m.
Facts said...

Why is there any talk about Health Dept funding? Because Ron Littlefield & his pal Dan Johnson got too cute by half to hold the sales tax money (likely to pay for the Riverfront mess they hoped to hide). Now that the county government, the adults in the room, are trying to work out the solution, Mayor Ron & his pal are trying to make the county look bad. Ron Littlefield & friends, you embarrass our city. Your legacy is set. But it can't be printed in the paper.

May 13, 2011 at 4:43 p.m.
fairmon said...

This would be a good time to abolish city government and have the county absorb or add only those that provide essential services. It is always assumed the city would expand and we would have metro government. However, it is evident the county managers are more effective and would better manage the elimination of duplications with the two separate and over lapping governments. One principle would be there would be no change in tax structures until those in the county requested and received services now provided only city residents. County and city citizens would both benefit with more effective government per tax dollar with no noticeable difference in tax rates until services were equal with taxes evolving to being equitable based on services provided at some point in the future.

May 14, 2011 at 6:49 a.m.
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