What happened to Weed and Seed?
Is this the mayor’s backdoor to metro government? One major problem with this idea is the timing. The economy is improving but at a very slow pace and the mayor wants to annex communities into the city which means paying high city taxes, storm water fees and code enforcement just to name a few. This isn’t the best idea mayor. Thou will shouldn’t force people to pay more.
THE CRISIS WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY (ALFRO AMERICAN)
Where have we come from and where are we going as a race? The answer to this question is still the same from Africa through the middle passage huddled in a cargo ship unable to communicate with each other due to language and cultural barriers. The answer to where are we going as a race is partly cloudy, shattered showers and very little sunshine at present. The individual accomplishments of Black People doesn’t translate to the Black Community at large, Even though; some successful Black People have reached back to help others, we as a race continue to suffer from the crisis within. Education Health, Employment, Crime, Housing and a Future WE most look at the Black Community as a whole and not as individuals. The Black Community must begin to see itself as chess pieces on a board with each individual having and acting in the best interest of the collective good or in this case the Black Race. Our continued existence is only sustainable though our willingness to help each other achieve for the common good. In other words work together or die. This will be no small task since we have been culturally conditioned to dislike, mistrust, and hate each other.
Sherman E Matthews Jr
Chattanooga Mayor Proposes Charter Study Commission
This statement is disturbing “Littlefield has said the agreement forces city residents to pay twice for services and has said he will let it expire next month”. City residents have and will continue to pay twice as much for services. The combined ambulance service comes to mind. The Storm water fee is another and the high city taxes another. The Mayor’s proposal of a Charter Study Commission is laughable. He wants the county residents to pay more taxes, vote home rule in and receive what? My concern is the way in which the process is being initiated. It appears to me the Mayor is saying there will be no agreement unless we form a charter study committee. What a sledge hammer! This is the same type of hammer the county commission used against the board of education knowing that the Tennessee Constitution, as amended during the last constitutional convention, gave the power to boards of education in Tennessee to manage public education money and not the county commission. What’s good for the Goose is good for the Gander.
Maybe if you didn’t know you need to go!!!!!!!!!!!
There are several problems with this. 1. It is a failure to keep your district informed which leads to a lack of representation. 2. It is a betrayal of trust, you’ all were elected to represent your districts, you ran for the office and the least you can do is be prepared which means reading before voting. The impact of this cowardly oversight may have sum possible serious consequences: for example, Storm water fee will be at least 139.00 dollars added to your city taxes, which by the way are very high, will create a hardship for sum . Remember that the city-private lawyers were sending out delinquent notices which added to your tax problem if you weren’t able to pay in a timely manner. This problem needs to be addressed by our look the other way city council. The blessing for sum is to move to the county don’t let them take your option away through consolidation
The city of Chattanooga elected officials from 1963 to present should be ashamed and embarrassed about the 1963 to present deal. The sum of money owed to tax payers is outstanding. Let’s take a closer look at the deal. 1. 80% of your rent being paid by tax payers. 2. You have a contract with city that didn’t include secretary services so you get to bill the tax payers for the service you just contracted for. 3. Tax payers are paying for the private law firm to maintain its public office. 4. Who was paying the bill for the health insurance? 5. Was the city continuing to hire outside attorneys at times? 6. What is the total amount owed the city starting from 1963 to present? 7. If this was so legal why did the mayor make the attorneys city employees and move the staff to the annex? 8. Who paid for the moving? 9. Was the contract an open bid? 10. Do city council members read the budget? We have seen people prosecuted for a lot less related to city government. No I’m not advocating for anyone to go to jail or pay any money back but neither should anyone else who may have committed an offense either by mistake or on purpose related to city government. I do believe this would be an excellent opportunity to look at the city budget line by line and contract by contract. When the city tax increase create a 20.000.000 tax surplus something is wrong.
It is my hope that money can be found to restore all the funding cuts the city is about to undergo. I applaud the Mayor and City Council for working together to solve this year’s budget crisis. Now the problem. How long will this tax increase sustain us? In other words was the amount of the increase (tax increase) large enough to keep the City operating for the next two to three years? I don’t think so which means, given the state of the economy, there will probably be a need for another tax increase. I hope I’m wrong. It would have been better to project what was needed to maintain City services for the next two to three years. I will admit that would be very difficult but not as hard as having to ask for another tax increase and more funding cuts doing the next budget cycle. The outlook of this Country’s economics’ isn’t healthy and it doesn’t appear that the future financially looks any better. Translation - more tax increases, less service and slow growth.
It was once said “Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste”. I don’t know whether this crisis is totally real or somewhat design to scare City Workers, their families and friends into supporting a tax increase along with the city council. There are no quick permanent fixes to the problem City Government may be in. These problems have surfaced because of the state of our economy and years of cronyism, Example; some City Directors are paid more than State of Tennessee Commissioners, “At least before major pay increases” This appears to be disproportionate based on the amount of responsibility. The problem related to health insurance and retirement may require the city to look at the possibility of joining a larger group, Example; State Government. I’m not in favor of reducing anyone’s health or retirement benefit. What is the average monthly payout of high end City retirees and line workers? What is the amount of city contracts, to whom? For what amount? for how long? And For what services? It is time for the city council to restructure city government. It also appears to me that are new plant may have contributed to the problem. Police Officers’’ that live within the city limits should continue to take their cars home. It is a visible deterrent to crime.
The City Budget problems are real and very serious.There are only two ways to fix the problem, cut services and lay off people or raise taxes and occasionally a combination of both so some will have you believe.I need someone to answer the following questions before concensus is reached.How many retired city employees are still on city payroll( double dipping).What is the average income,tax rate and unemployment rate of the cities used in the property tax rate comparisons?What will the new prorty tax rate be? What will the pay increase be for city workers and what will be the cut off?. (will upper level pay employees get pay increases)?.Is the county going to pay the 6 to 10 million it owes the city? Since the recreation centers have been closed(some on Saturday and under staffed) will the tax increase restore them to full staff and allow them to open on Saturday? When will the City of Chattanooga receive tax revenues from the Volkswagen Plant itself?.( year and amount, please)What is the difference between the City and County tax rate?How many consultants does the city employ each year and at what cost?