I am sure Chattanooga would love a metro government where we fix your 200 year old sewers and pay for more purple Rhinos. Keep in mind that Chattanooga has annexed most of the commercial property in the county. I pay sales tax at Publix that in no way benefits me. I drive on an Interstate (federal dollars) and mainly county roads. Chattanooga has mismanaged their funds and now want those in the county to pay for it. You get much for your county taxes: jails (most of which are city residents incarcerated), Silverdale mainly city residents), schools (mainly city residents), health department (mainly city residents), Er;anger (a lot of indigent care from city residents). Free lunch, I hardly think so.
So what about all the folks who commute to work daily from Catoosa, Walker, Dade, Bradley, Sequatchie (like you do)? Maybe jack and Ron should setup toll booths to extract those folks fair share as they enter the city? My business is Internet-based and I have more customers in Honolulu than Chattanooga. I could lose every Chattanooga customer and not even notice it (I didn't go to the right prep school). Yes, I drive on city streets to go to dinner about three times a week to the Hamilton Place area. I spend about $100 a meal with a large family. I spent way too much during Christmas at Chattanooga merchants. I receive various services at my home from businesses within the city of Chattanooga. I can assure you Ron and Jack get way more than $140 a month from this family. I agree with everything bjennings said above. Stop being Ron Littlefield's sock puppet or this paper will be one less thing I buy from a business in the city of Chattanooga.