Late addition and not listed on the agenda?? At what point do Chattanoogans wake up and hold this irresponsible government accountable? We complain about waste but allow them to get away with slide of hand such as this example.
Hamilton County was once a happy thought in my mind. It has become exactly what we fought against long ago, a dictatorship. Only now the dicatator is not limited to one individual. It is a group of them that use our tax money for their personal agendas and bank accounts! Due to political legacy riverfronts, homeless village welfare, emissions taxes, illegal immigrantion, useless art, police ineptness, and political felonies this city has become something of which I am ashamed.
I am currently trying to relocate and will feel relief when I view Chattanooga in my rearview mirror.
Please help me understand when it became a legitimate business practice to coerce the government into taxing citizens to help fund their new profit making ventures?
Chattanooga has major issues with crime, education, roads, governemnt waste, political corruptness, illegal immigrants, homeless pan handlers and gangs. Yet instead of trying to cut spending, remove the corrupt officials, stop the Mexican annex, educate our students instead of using the "care for their feelings" study plan, stop the gangs that do not exist, and actually have people get a job to get a life, we do things such as this for the city. We get to fund a shopping center for twenty years that will be outdated in ten according to the developers.
Am I alone in thinking that this is like buying a car that will fall apart as soon as you leave the lot. You still have to make payments and the seller gets the income from the sale. Much like CBL will receive a lot more than the $10 million listed in the article. Twenty cents for every forty dollars will add up to a lot more than ten million dollars over twenty years. Especially with the amount of sales at Hamilton Place. I assume the wonderful politicians of Chattanooga will receive their cut and the city also will get something. The taxpayers, as usual, get the knowledge of knowing that we are no longer relevant or listened to in matters of how we live our lives. We are simply an ATM for government and private business to use when their bank statement looks less than the week before.