published Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Chattanooga City Council talks restoring funding for agencies

by Cliff Hightower

The Chattanooga City Council tackled agency funding this morning in the first of its series of workshops on the 2011-2012 fiscal year budget.

Ten agencies were taken out of the mayor’s proposed budget when it was announced Hamilton County could charge 2 percent to handle sales tax collections for the city. But the council learned today the city possibly would be charged 1 percent and get $365,000 back to help fund agencies.

Council members spent the morning debating which agencies should get the $365,000 and also discussed some agencies that could be cut including the Chattanooga Regional History Museum, Choose Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Urban League and WTCI Channel 45.

Some of the agencies they talked of partially restoring funding for included the Chambliss Shelter, a rape crisis center and Finley Stadium.

Council members will meet again next week to discuss agency cuts and funding.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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