Inconsistencies raise questions about agency

photo Sherrie Gilchrist is the president of the Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce. Staff File Photo by Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Making its pitch to city and county leaders this spring for $225,000 in taxpayer support, the Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce said its membership and programs are growing quickly, helping to develop minority businesses.

But the paperwork the Multicultural Chamber gave to Chattanooga and Hamilton County to support its funding request for the coming fiscal year paints a different picture: an agency with falling membership and shrinking revenue that will spend more than $350,000 in the coming year to pay two employees and run an office and spend less than $34,000 on programs.