Sure the city is not collecting as much taxes as 2 years ago - the economy has been in a slump. The mayor is acting like a spoiled child. He is saying the city will get their money, who cares about the economy. Bad time for a tax increase. Wake up and get rid of some of the free loaders on the city payroll. Operate the city like it were a business and quit playing like you are the congress.
Anyone who votes for a tax increase now is ending their political future. The "people" of Chattanooga will not stand for this.