Wednesday the Hamilton County Commission unanimously voted to approve County Mayor Coppinger’s 2014/15 budget. There was virtually no discussion which was due to the fact this year’s budget was presented to the Commission two weeks prior to the vote and any questions from the Commissioners could be addressed well before the vote. This was in stark contrast to last year’s budget vote which passed on a 5 – 4 vote with myself being one of the “No” votes. The difference being last year I was asked to vote on a budget which I had no time to review. Last year the Mayor learned that the commission takes their responsibility to the citizens of Hamilton County very seriously, and we are not a rubber stamp legislative body.
This year’s balanced budget represents an increase of a little over 1.00% over last year’s budget and includes a 2.5% across the board cost of living pay increase for all county employees. This was accomplished by increasing county tax revenues through growth within the county and without a property tax or fee increases.
In other developments at this week’s commission meeting, several resolutions were passed; some saving taxpayers dollars through good business practices, and others increase our revenue through contracting services which generate revenue to the County. On an annual basis two of this week’s resolution effectively saved the taxpayers $220,000 per year. Great News!!
At the conclusion of Wednesday’s session, I was privileged and proud to announce the Girl’s Inc. “Bookworm” literacy program I help sponsor two years ago (with a portion of my discretionary funds) was selected by United Way of Chattanooga as the “Impact Program of the Year” by touching the lives of financially and socially disadvantaged young girls through improving their reading skills. What a great program. Go Girl’s Inc.!
I am proud the citizens have given me the opportunity to serve on the Hamilton County Commission these past 3 1/2 years, being a member of a legislative body in the best managed county in the State of Tennessee. what an honor and privilege. Thank you.
As a candidate for re-election to the District 8 County Commission Seat, I humbly ask for your support during my campaign and vote on August 7th. Hamilton County is moving forward at an ever quickening pace, and we have exciting opportunities ahead. I look forward to being part of a Commission helping to face the challenges of balancing quality of life and economic development, and at the same tome creating great jobs and preparing a work force to fill those jobs.
Wednesday was a really good day to be part of Hamilton County Government.
Your County Commissioner,