I Found The Fire And Police Pension Money

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Dear Ken Smith, 

As transportation chair for the City Council I am sure you, like other councilmembers, know that pensions protests at council meetings will continue no matter what happens.  After not digging too deep I figured out the fix.  

Carta is a bus company that receives millions of dollars in grant money yearly.  Why do they need to receive that parking revenue as well?  And why do the people that run the program also own all the private lots in town?  This current situation is good in only one instance and that is a game called Monopoly.  

I, along with countless others, avoid downtown because of this.  The current ticketing techniques are a joke as 99 percent of tickets are reduced to a warning and certain people get certain parking privileges that others do not.  This five year contract needs a re-vote.  Why can't all money being made go back to the city?  

Step up, Ken Smith.  Do what's right.

Mark Stephens
Chattanooga


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