zulalily, we held 2 fund raisers for Ms. Sharp and it has not made a dent in the $50 plus she had to spend to find the TIF was illegal. Councilwoman Carol Berz accepts lots of campaign donations from Perimeter Properties, LLC whose principals are the TIFFERS Mike Mallen and Gary Chazem, so did Manny Rico and others that voted for the TIF.
The point is, NO ONE is watching the taxpayers back but Helen Sharp, Chancellor Brown and a few others. Our elected officials are owned by the Tiffers. A judge Voided the TIF, yet the IDB and mayor reinstated. Mayor also reappointed the TIFFERS to city boards, Doug Stein is Chairman of the Stormater Board for Chattanooga so his construction can regularly pollute Black Creek with no fines, and that damn law firm of Mike Mallen's Miller and Martin has received $240,000 in TIF funds, and for what? filling our forms. The TIF road they applied for does not cost $9 million. I heard testimony by Ric Ebersol at the IDB. These Tiffers are robbing the public, and we cannot stop them, because they run city hall.
Taxpayer funds from the TIF bond issue were reported by the developers Mike Mallen etc to have spent $999,000 of the $9 million approved for the Tiffers to spend. According to the Black Creek filing to the bond board, %240,000 of the $999,000 was spent on Miller and Martin attorneys hired by the developers as an allowable charge. We the taxpayers are being robbed by Miller and Martin attorney fees. We have to pay the developer's share of legal fees, but not Helen Burns Sharp's when the law is violated. The city and county should pay Helen's legal fees for violating the open meeting laws. These Developers are nothing more than corporate welfare recipients, corporate cronies.
KI, distaste for corporate welfare crosses all political lines. You are a bigot.
All, and TheCommander. Here are citizen groups working on opposing the TIF Robbery of the poor to give to the rich at the Golf Course
4) Aetna Nation on Facebook
5) The Chattanooga NAACP
and every political party that has completely different views, all agree this TIF is a damn robbery.
At this mornings Industrial Development Board meeting the Tiffers claimed they have spent $989,000 of the $9 million approved for TIF at Black Creek Subdivision. Of the $989,000, $240,000 are legal fees billed to the developer from Miller and Martin at the taxpayers expense.
Great article David. Our city council and county commission passed the Black Creek TIF with no deliberation. It was really scary to see how easy it is to rip off the taxpayers for $9 million plus interest for 20 years. Thank you for covering such an important subject, when media has not adequately covered this robbery of we the people. BTW TIF should be reserved for blighted area, not the rich golf course subdivisions that don't even need the money.
Thank you Helen Burns Sharp for covering the taxpayer's back.
You answered your own question. 14,000 voters do not believe God is Gay, or that marriage is Joe and John.
Dem hugging failed miserable for Wamp, and so did trying to make D3 an entitlement for the Wamp family.
Goodness, ORR, could you post more please?