Chamber Of Commerce Members Back Tax Increase

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Chamber of Commerce said it is backing a 34-cent property tax increase sought by County School Supt. Bryan Johnson.

Christy Gillenwater, president, said, "The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to champion our member businesses and promote regional economic growth. Cultivating a well-qualified workforce is imperative to successful economic development efforts and quality public education is critical to fulfilling our mission.

"In order for Hamilton County to build on past success and achieve the Velocity2040 vision in which we are the South’s smartest community, we believe Hamilton County students need the tools to learn and graduate ready for the 21st century workplace.

These students are the future lifeblood of our workforce.

"Business community tax assessments comprised 49% of the 2018 Hamilton County Schools operating budget, county records show. Our businesses play a critical role in educating our students. Given these facts, it’s important for the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce to weigh in on the public discussion about how our tax dollars are spent.

 

 "Given the strong accountability measures laid out in the Future Ready 2023 plan and the progress shown thus far, we agree with Superintendent Bryan Johnson, Ed.D., that now is the time to invest in public education.

 

"After polling our membership, a majority of respondents support the Chattanooga Chamber endorsing Supt. Johnson’s requested budget. As our county commissioners carefully consider their decisions, it is our hope that they will support what we believe is the path to a successful and prosperous future by fully funding the proposed budget."


Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Water Distribution Site Locations Set For Sunday

Change In Water Distribution Site Locations Made To Accommodate Neighborhoods With Greater Need


Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: BEARDEN, WENDY LEE 4811 HAL DR CHATTANOOGA, 37416 Age at Arrest: 44 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga THEFT UNDER $1,000 ---- ... (click for more)

The City of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Fire and Police Departments continue to provide services, alongside our county and regional partners and Tennessee American Water, to those without water. ... (click for more)

As some neighborhoods in Chattanooga’s lower elevations continue to regain adequate water pressure, the Chattanooga Police Department and the Youth & Family Development Centers will be reallocating ... (click for more)


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Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: BEARDEN, WENDY LEE 4811 HAL DR CHATTANOOGA, 37416 Age at Arrest: 44 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga THEFT UNDER $1,000 ---- BRADFORD, JOSHUA LEE 8741 CRESTBROOK CIRCLE CHATTANOOGA, 37421 Age at Arrest: 33 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County FUGITIVE (ARREST FOR CRIME IN DADE CO, GA) ---- BURTON, ... (click for more)

Water Distribution Site Locations Set For Sunday

The City of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Fire and Police Departments continue to provide services, alongside our county and regional partners and Tennessee American Water, to those without water. Additionally, partners at Tri-State Mutual Aid Association continue to provide fire suppression for Hamilton County until water is returned to those residences. While pressure maps ... (click for more)

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