published Monday, June 6th, 2011

$3.5 million, and a sensible idea

The Chattanooga City Council is considering building a $3.5 million health care and wellness center for current and retired city employees.

The 19,000-square-foot facility would be on 11th Street at the former Chattanooga Gas Co. site and would replace existing facilities on 10th Street and Amnicola Highway. Some city officials believe that would be a convenient location for city workers. They may well be right.

But with millions of dollars proposed for the construction, Councilman Peter Murphy has a sensible suggestion: He wants to get a clear idea that the proposed 11th Street site is a location that would be likely to attract high usage by city employees. Building a costly new facility in a place where it might not be well utilized would not be a wise use of tax dollars, he pointed out.

It’s always appropriate to be careful when using public money for whatever type of project. But that is especially true when the economy is weak and government is not flush with cash. Therefore, Murphy’s suggestion is reasonable.

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Leaf said...

Why can't they go to the Y like everyone else? They pay city employees, right? It seems like they might be able to use that money they earn for a gym membership. Maybe they could use that 3.5 million less selfishly and more wisely.

June 6, 2011 at 10:28 a.m.
Roamer said...

Let's face it folks, anyone who WANTS to belong to a fitness club already belongs to one. This money would be better spent on something benefiting all the citizens of the city.

June 6, 2011 at 12:34 p.m.
DReed said...

REALLY!? This is one of the most stupid ideas I have EVER read regarding local abuse of tax payer dollars! Our schools are begging for money and this is a "good idea"? This makes me sick. I'm with Libertarians4Freedom, Leaf, and Roamer.

June 8, 2011 at 12:41 p.m.
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