published Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Coppinger sends Ron Littlefield letter about sales tax agreement


by Dan Whisenhunt
Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger speaks to the Regional Health Council on Monday about possible plans to cut the Health Department's budget if a sales tax agreement with the city of Chattanooga expires.
Staff photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger speaks to the Regional Health Council on Monday about possible plans to cut the Health Department's budget if a sales tax agreement with the city of Chattanooga expires. Staff photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Letter
Letter

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger on Wednesday sent a letter to Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield asking the city to help it come up with a plan to fund four agencies funded under the tax agreement.

The agreement will expire in May and city officials say they have no intention of renewing it before then.

Coppinger’s letter seeks to work out funding for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, Erlanger Health Systems, Emergency Services and the Regional Planning Agency.

“The first three of these agencies were jointly supported before the expiring agreement was established and we ask that they continue to be jointly supported by our respective governments,” Coppinger wrote.

Coppinger asked the city to respond to the letter by April 15.

about Dan Whisenhunt...

Dan Whisenhunt covers Hamilton County government for the Times Free Press. A native of Mobile, Ala., Dan earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama. He won first place for best in-depth news coverage in the 2010 Alabama Press Association contest; the FOI-First Amendment Award in the 2007 Alabama Press Association contest; first place for best public service story in the Alabama AP Managing Editors contest in 2009 for economic coverage; and ...

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MasterChefLen said...

Will Mayor Littlefield read this? Will Mayor Littlefied do anything about getting this issue resolved? Probably not. Mayor Littlefield has pretty much done what whatever he has wanted to in this second term. As a result, he is helping run the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County into the ground. He seems to answer to no one, and leads the Chattanooga City council around by a leash.

April 7, 2011 at 4:51 p.m.
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