published Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Hamilton County Commission tables resolution to return PILOT money control to school system

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    Hamilton County Commissioner Chester Bankston from District 9

Hamilton County Commissioner Chester Bankston agreed today to table his effort to return control of PILOT money to Hamilton County Schools.

He made the decision during a meeting between county commissioners and school board members and officials, including Superintendent Rick Smith.

PILOTs — which stands for payment in lieu of taxes — are tax breaks used to lure companies, such as Volkswagen. Under the agreements, businesses don’t have to pay full property taxes for a certain number of years, but they must pay the share of property tax that is slated for schools.

Several school board members, Smith and Commission Education Committee Chairman Warren Mackey agreed to continue discussions about the funds after school board members have a chance to determine what proposals they will present to the commission on how to spend the money.

So far this year, PILOT funds have totaled total $1.15 million. By law, PILOT funds must be earmarked for education.

Last year, the County Commission, which gives the school system its budget money, took control of the PILOT funds, saying it would only give the dollars to the schools if they agreed to use it for school construction.

After the school board protested, Bankston and seven other commissioners voted in February that the commission would control the money produced by any PILOT agreements signed after the 2009 tax year. PILOT money from previous agreements still would go directly to the school system.

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

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328Kwebsite said...

These corrupt, self-appointed, unelected cronies will never use those tax monies for education. PILOT is tax money in everything but name; yet, naming is important when it comes to complying with regulations. The lawyerly denials that PILOT tax money is "payment in lieu of tax" is just another lie that supports corruption.

Slaves Learned To Read educational policy: brought to you by the corrupt tools of the Republican Party. Don't expect them to support outrageous excesses like elementary literacy or basic arithmetic anytime soon.

If we paid for education with taxes that are supposed to support education, then maybe our citizens could add up the toll our taxes have taken at the hands of corrupt Republican officials.

Like, a $328,000 nonexistent website, for instance.

Or, the self-appointed, unelected, corrupt Metro Payoff Club circle of self-pleasing and its ever-expanding suckfest of corruption that exploits the existing division between city and county powers. That division was rudely and selfishly violated by self-serving, self-paying Republicans who have been using our tax dollars as their campaign fund since November of 2010.

$10 Million dollar lie in the definition of liability in the City budget.

$10 Million dollar shortfall in City/County tax agreements. Losses of public services to the poor, sick, addicted and old. Public denial of support for government employees by Republican officeholders; city and county employees without executive policy-making power treated poorly without any defense or leadership from Republican officials.

Exploitation of commercial, for-profit businesses like the US Chamber of Commerce, a Karl Rove front organization, for political ends.

The unfair and aggressive treatment of minority nonprofits, for political gain on the part of Republican office holders.

$1 Million-plus pricetag on the untimely and unnecessary political ouster of School Superintendent Scales in order to install rubber stamp cronies who support a "Slaves learned to read" educational policy.

Poor support for basic logistic needs for city police; the firing of five deputies to support the untimely and unbudgeted installation of Senator Corker's right hand man as County Chief of Staff. The cost? $125,000 and five hardworking employees their jobs. It's a direct example of Republican job destruction, for profit.

Stop Republican corruption. Insist on the swift and immediate removal of unelected officials from office. Get an election.

Stop allowing these Republicans to lie to you about the fact that PILOT funds are your tax dollars. They are not in lieu of anything but the truth.

Pay the schools now. Release the PILOT funds to the school system.

Even "slaves learned to read" the word "Corruption."

September 29, 2011 at 1:17 a.m.
Selah said...

I agree....328Kwebsite

September 30, 2011 at 2:16 a.m.
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