County Commission Discretionary Funds To Be Limited To Public Works Projects

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Not all County Commission members are happy with a new policy that limits the use of "discretionary funds" to public works projects.

Commissioner Warren Mackey voted against the change, saying it cuts out commissioners' abilities to directly help needy groups in the community, including young people.

Commissioner Greg Beck had similar concerns, and he passed on the vote.

Under the new set-up, the nine commissioners will each have $100,000 at their disposal per year. But the money can no longer go to groups in the community, including 501(C) (3) groups, as in the past.

The money will not be in the general fund, but will be under a line of credit to be covered later with a bond issue.

Commissioner Joe Graham said he had been under the impression all along that the money was to go to projects involving construction of public use facilities, such as buildings and trails.

Commissioner Larry Henry, saying commissioners are hit up from all sides for the funds, said the new policy would "take some pressure off the commissioners."

Chairman Fred Skillern said the money would be used for "facilities that the communities cannot afford."

Commissioner Graham pointed out that commissioners also have access to $12,500 per year they can use as they wish in their districts - that is if they do not draw down $8,000 for out of town trips and $4,500 for local travel expenses.



Get Emailed Headlines From Chattanoogan.com; Like Us On Facebook, Twitter For Instant News

We send out headlines each day of the latest Chattanooga news.  Our news headlines have links that take you to the stories with a click. We also send out special emails if there is a highly significant local news story breaking so you will be aware of it quickly. To be added to the email headline list, just email us at news@chattanoogan.com In addition, like us ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLEN, THADDEUS JOEL  1605 DUKE LANE CHATTANOOGA, 37421  Age at Arrest: 24 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County DRIVING ON REVOKED, SUSPENDED OR CANCELLED LICENSE SURRENDER OF LICENSE OR REGISTRATION UPON REVOCATI --- BIBBS, DEMETRIUS DEMOND  2112 BAILEY AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, 37404  ... (click for more)

Tired Of Property Tax Increases

Why is it every time the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County want to raise money they have to punish the homeowners?  I'm sick of the few paying for the many.   If you want to be fair, I would not complain on a 1/2 cent local sales tax raise since everyone would have to contribute their fair share.  Or how about a wheel tax which would get everyone who owns ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Third Son Takes His Life

Steven Ferrin, described by his parents as “a handsome, bubbly and witty young man,” was the victim of what is called “a sectarian attack” in recent weeks near his home in north Belfast (Ireland) and last weekend was found dead after the 31-year-old father of a 7-year-old girl had taken his own life. Compounding the tragedy is the horrific news that Steven’s other two brothers and ... (click for more)

Boyd-Buchanan Rallies To Sweep Notre Dame

Home court advantage plays a vital role in many sports, but especially in high school volleyball. The Boyd-Buchanan Buccaneers went to Notre Dame on August 22 for a critical district match and they headed back home after losing a close match by a 3-1 margin against the Lady Irish. The shoe was on the other foot Monday night as they two teams squared off at Boyd-Buchanan’s ... (click for more)

Moving From Florida Debacle, Jones Says: 'I'm Responsible'

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones, under heavy criticism after the Vols’ disappointing last-play loss at Florida, said Monday the resulting team's sense of urgency “starts with me. … I’m responsible.” Jones made the remarks at a weekly press conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, as the Vols begin preparations for Saturday’s home game against UMass. Referring to numerous ... (click for more)