Council approves 53-cent property tax hike, budget by wide margin

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 2:26am

Mayor Karl Dean’s two-month sales pitch for continued government investment ended in victory Tuesday as the Metro Council voted by a commanding 4-to-1 margin to approve Davidson County’s first property tax hike in seven years.

The council voted 32-8 to approve a Councilman Sean McGuire-sponsored $1.71 billion substitute budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year that includes the primary pieces the mayor laid out in his original budget in May, including a 53-cent increase on the city’s $4.13 property tax rate. The council also signed off on a bond resolution authorizing a robust $297.7 million capital-spending plan, one of Metro’s largest in years.

Dean has framed the 13 percent property tax increase as a necessary move to stave off “draconian” cuts, while also ensuring investments: addressing long-neglected infrastructure, raising teacher pay and giving Metro employees a salary bump. On Tuesday, the council agreed with Dean’s case by a sizeable margin despite many calling it one of their most difficult votes.

“It doesn’t require a tax increase to be an average midsized city that is satisfied with declining public service, indifferent to public health and public transit, and seek that quality public education is a luxury we just won’t afford,” At-large Councilwoman Megan Barry told her colleagues.

“But to sustain the energy and investment we already have going for us, the current revenue base simply won’t cut it,” she said.

In a statement following Tuesday’s meeting, Dean said he appreciates the council’s “thoughtful input and support to make the necessary investments to keep our city moving forward.”

The final vote Tuesday came after the council rejected seven amendments put forth by various council members that ranged from eliminating Dean’s tax increase altogether to slicing it by 12.5, 6 or 4 cents, respectively. None of these gained more than 11 votes of council support. Instead, the council opted to support an altered budget from McGuire –– the council’s Budget and Finance Committee chair –– that shifted $8.6 million in added revenue from government services to Metro reserves, but kept Dean’s 53-cent tax hike in tact.

“I’ve been through this budget backwards and forwards, and I do not believe we can make any more reductions without it being truly detrimental to the services we provide to the city,” McGuire said.

“My most fervent hope is that this $8.6 million in reserves will ensure that we as a council will not have to ask our citizens for another property tax increase in the next few years.”

Councilman Robert Duvall, the council’s leading tax hike critic who cast himself the “point person” for opposition, called the now-approved budget “a tax and spend plan.” The conservative Antioch councilman proposed cutting Metro schools’ budget by $29.6 million; Metro Hospital Authority by $29.5 million; Metro Transit Authority’s subsidy by $4.9; and eliminating the pay increase for Metro employees.

“In my opinion, if we don’t stop the spending now, we’re headed for a train wreck as we move forward,” Duvall said, maintaining that Nashvillians “overwhelmingly” disapprove the tax increase.

But the council defeated his measure by a 33-7 vote. Council members who joined Duvall to support his amendment were: Karen Bennett, Charlie Tygard, Josh Stites, Bruce Stanley, Tony Tenpenny and Duane Dominy.

Tygard, a conservative at-large councilman, cited what he called “red flags” in the budget, and offered an amendment that would have cut the tax increase by 12.5 cents, bringing it down to 41 cents overall. “I’m trying to put money back in the hands of citizens,” he said.

He singled out two “elephants in the room” that he said the approved budget doesn’t address: rising pension costs and outstanding revenue bonds that total $127 million this year. He said it is projected to rise to $176 million next year.

Tygard also provided some Metro tax increase history, pointing out that all but one council before this one lowered the tax levy below the mayor’s original request. “We’ll go on record as the second council in 50-plus years that has not reduced the tax levy on our citizens,” Tygard said. “That’s something I can’t be proud of.”

Nonetheless, Tygard’s budget amendment gained only four more votes than Duvall’s measure to eliminate a tax increase. The council defeated Tygard’s plan by a 29-11 vote.

The approved property tax increase means Nashvillians can expect to pay $16 more per month on average, or $192 annually, based on the county’s average home value of $145,000. At a public hearing two weeks ago, many Nashvillians criticized the tax increase for coming during a period of economic turbulence.

At-large Councilman Ronnie Steine described the calls, emails and letters from those “most sincerely suffering” during tough economic times as “literally gut-wrenching."

“No one involved in the process wants to raise property taxes, but some of us believe that we have to,” Steine said.

After amendments were defeated, the vote breakdown of Metro’s budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year went:

Aye (32): Barry, Steine, Garrett, Tygard, Maynard, Matthews, Harrison, Hunt, Banks, Scott Davis, Westerholm, Anthony Davis, Pridemore, Pardue, Glover, Stites, Stanley, Claiborne, Moore, Allen, Gilmore, Baker, Langster, Weiner, Holleman, McGuire, Harmon, Blalock, Johnson, Bedne, Dowell, Todd,

No (8): Bennett, Jernigan, Tenpenny, Evans, Dominy, Potts, Duvall Mitchell

51 Comments on this post:

By: Ask01 on 6/20/12 at 2:30

I knew the 'fix' was in when only a very few council members responded to my e-mail.

One council member who supported the tax increase responded with all the approved phrases, expressed concern for those struggling, but felt the sacrifice (ours) was necessary and beneficial.

We citizens need to support those who stood up to Mayor Dean, and for the rest, vote them out of office. We need to boycott any business these unfaithful public servants own or which employs them. I hope their neighbors also show the proper level of disgust for selling us down the Dean River.

Now that Mayor Dean and Metro Council have approved the picking of our pockets, I demand sidewalks and bicycle lanes everywhere in Nashville. I demand state of the art education facilities, and cops on demand.

I also demand not a single penny be spent on any project except what Mayor Dean and Metro Council claimed the tax increase was approved to accomplish. No sports, no corporate welfare, nothing except projects to benefit the citizens from whom they are taking the money.

I am seriously disappointed in what passes for leadership in Nashville.

Except for the eight who stood up against Mayor Dean, all the rest have proved themselves spineless drones.

By: Ask01 on 6/20/12 at 2:42

Let me add one comment before I begin preparing for work to pay for what amounts to, in my mind anyway, legalized extortion.

Nashville voted Mayor Dean to a second term, even after he rammed through his new convention center denying citizens a vote on the process.

In a way, those who re-elected our excuse for a mayor got what they asked for. (Please note that I did not vote for Karl Dean.)

This is the bitter fruit of that electoral mistake.

By: bfra on 6/20/12 at 3:49

Did anyone think Karl's puppets wouldn't follow his orders? I have never voted for Karl Dean & hope this hits the ones that did the hardest.

By: shinestx on 6/20/12 at 5:30

I'm looking at that house and land in Williamson... Sumner is looking mighty good too!

By: playthegame on 6/20/12 at 5:50

Now I have to rob Peter to pay Paul!

By: i.am.a.taxpayer on 6/20/12 at 6:03

After so many years without a tax increase, the tax increase is reasonable. I disagree with Councilman Tygart's position on the tax increase. However, he pointed out two issues that should be of serious concern: the pension fund (especially after the Purcell administration deceased the vesting period ot five years) and the enormous debt the city has. The convention center adds another $1 billion to that. Future generations will be burdened with the debt.

By: Kosh III on 6/20/12 at 6:15

I supported the property tax increase
BUT
the bigger issue was the capital improvements budget which most people ignored.
It included 55 MILLION for a new stadium for the Sounds in FY 2012-13.

By: parnell3rd on 6/20/12 at 6:19

Mayor Karl Dean is a liar! And the council members who voted for this tax increase are cowards.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/20/12 at 6:38

By all means shinestx leave and don’t let the door hit you.

By: 4gold on 6/20/12 at 6:41

Sean McGuire was nothing but a puppet with Deans hand up his skirt. While my salary doubled my property tax has multiplied by 5. All this crap about council members concern to represent their district is pure CRAP. Theya are there to set up inside deals and collect free medical insurance for life if they serve two terms. FIRE THEM ALL. For those who say they supported the tax increase here? Enjoy your 4% raise. I havent seen one of those in the public sector since the 80/s and now I am paying for yours.

By: FaceBook:Emmett... on 6/20/12 at 7:03

Lying thieving SOBs

By: WickedTribe on 6/20/12 at 7:24

I'm happy. Now our tax rate is back to less than it was in 2006, and we can actually afford to run the city again.

By: mel10711 on 6/20/12 at 7:24

Rutherford Co, cheaper taxes that are spent properly for the most part, cheaper gas, good public schools, good shopping and infrastructure, growing and prospering city. Sumner Co, the same, Wilson Co, the same, Williamson Co, no need to even compare, they make Davidson Co. look pitiful! All the surrounding Counties are great!

Davidson Co .. raising taxes to blow on frivolous things as usual, public schools people run from, dying shopping and negative growth, terrible traffic and infrastructure, more crime than others (not just because we are larger there are not enough police to cover 600k+ people) just based on police coverage and the public schools, our tax money has NEVER been spent in the right way .. what makes anyone think it will be now??

I never should have left Murfreesboro 10 years ago and moved here! I will run back to them before I have a child to raise.

By: Sylvan Park on 6/20/12 at 7:26

Government voted a tax increase for government...how surprising.
Glad to know everyone of the government dole is supporting it. Glad I can support your raises and pensions while us private sector folks have to introduce pay decreases and job losses.

You're welcome.

By: CitizensWin on 6/20/12 at 7:59

Thank God the hotel and motel tax is a sacred sacrament for the Music City Center and Butch Spryidon's 300K salary forever going forward.Those tourist dollars and convention salaries will never help fund metro government one iota.

In our household money is fungible, we don't earmark 40 years of projected earnings on an empty mansion in lieu of paying our bills today.

This council failed a long time ago and when the Music City Center fails, we will learn how quickly the council votes to pay off a half of a billion dollars with another property tax increase.

By: joe41 on 6/20/12 at 8:21

Good move Council. This will continue to keep Nashville a first class city. The surrounding counties would be an agricultural wasteland without you!
Joe

By: joe41 on 6/20/12 at 8:30

I wish it had Kosh
"the bigger issue was the capital improvements budget which most people ignored. It included 55 MILLION for a new stadium for the Sounds in FY 2012-13"

Joe

By: CitizensWin on 6/20/12 at 8:40

@ Joe41

Will the lobbyists for the convention bureau

Please take your bow

While taxpayers ultimately pay your fees.

http://www.nashville.gov/mc/lobbyist_index_2011.htm

By: revo-lou on 6/20/12 at 8:40

This is the price we pay for living in a society. If you don't like it, stop voting in the people that we say have our best intrest at heart.

By: producer2 on 6/20/12 at 8:45

you have a point. The Mayor ran on a platform that included a new Convention Center when he was elected to his first term. He openly stated that there would be a need to raise taxes when he ran for his second term. The citizens re-elected him overwhelmingly to a second term. That is the only poll of how people feel that you need. Not everyone is going to be happy with the results.

By: NewYorker1 on 6/20/12 at 8:46

What services are we paying for? I don't see any of the benefits. The roads are a mess, the kids in schools are dumb as hell, lazy, fat, and future menaces to society, the Titans suck, the cops are racist bastards and spend their days profiling blacks and hispanics, there's trash on the sides of every road. So, where is this money going?

By: nashtnman on 6/20/12 at 8:47

Aye (32): Barry, Steine, Garrett, Tygard, Maynard, Matthews, Harrison, Hunt, Banks, Scott Davis, Westerholm, Anthony Davis, Pridemore, Pardue, Glover, Stites, Stanley, Claiborne, Moore, Allen, Gilmore, Baker, Langster, Weiner, Holleman, McGuire, Harmon, Blalock, Johnson, Bedne, Dowell, Todd

Here you go people. These are the ones that think you should pay more so they can have more. I would bet there is a raise in it for them too. I hope everyone is happy, you put this crooked mayor back in office after he screwed us adn others in the CC, bullied his way in and hired his friends and wasted millions now he wants to squeeze you for even more money. He lied about the CC, he is lying about this. You people elected him, you should pay for my increase.

By: TRHJR on 6/20/12 at 8:49

did anyone see the town idot Tim Garrett what a peice of work this fool is

tuck your tail an run you coward

By: Rasputin72 on 6/20/12 at 9:36

This should be the final death knell for the middle class in Davidson County. Davidson County has become a place of abode for certain businesses,the wealthy and the criminal and worthless underclass.

By: yucchhii on 6/20/12 at 9:58

Those of you who suppoted the DISHONERABLE MAYOR KARL "DINK" AND HIS HENCHMEN AND COHORTS...yall are *#@*!!!! Also to those who have the attitude that you will "NEVER" be homeless...I say, Get rid of that attitude NOW, when you get to the Nashville rescue mission, they will treat you like your in jail and you "WILL" get the crap knocked out of you if you think you better than them! Think I'm BSing you? Not me, that's the politicians job. I'm straight up!! Think about this a moment (Provided you have a BRAIN to accomplish this task) The property tax goes up....the landlords have to come up with $$$ to cover that...so the "RENT GOES UP" can you afford that? If not, guess what? YOU ARE GOING TO THE STREETS!! SIMPLE ISN'T IT?? How about mortgage.......can you afford your mortgage when you have to pay the INCREASE in property tax? HMMmmm, very interesting!!! You "CAN'T" tell me that these criminal politicians DON'T KNOW THIS WILL HAPPEN!!! YOU CAN'T!!!

By: jvh2b on 6/20/12 at 10:33

Yeah never mind that WickedTribe makes the best point of all...taxes are still lower than they were in 2006.

But hey, lets whine and moan like we've been bent over in prison about it anyways.

If your stupid enough to buy a house you can barely afford and then can't afford the extra 100-1000/yr (clearly depending on area of town and house size) taxes are gonna cost you, then your stupid to begin with by buying something you couldn't afford to begin with. That extra monthly expense should be chump change to anyone that's lower middle class and above.

By: royt5 on 6/20/12 at 11:10

This makes me think that Nashville and Davidson County are headed in the same direction as the 10 poorest cities in the USA, all with Democratic mayors and officials. See this list of the cities below from snopes:

Poorest cities all have Democratic mayors

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What do the top ten cities with the highest poverty rate all have in common?

DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP!

Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate list) hasn’t elected
a Republican mayor since 1961;

Buffalo, NY (2nd) hasn’t elected one since 1954;

Cincinnati, OH (3rd)… since 1984;

Cleveland, OH (4th)… since 1989;

Miami, FL (5th) has never had a Republican Mayor;

St. Louis, MO (6th)…. since 1949;

El Paso, TX (7th) has never had a Republican Mayor;

Milwaukee, WI (8th)… since 1908;

Philadelphia, PA (9th)… since 1952;

Newark, NJ (10th)… since 1907.

Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing
the same thing over and over again and always
expecting different results.”

It is the disadvantaged who habitually elect Democrats -
And they are still disadvantaged…
Hmmm…

By: Vuenbelvue on 6/20/12 at 11:52

Incredible mastery of deception and "Bait and Switch".
"the bigger issue was the capital improvements budget which most people ignored. It included 55 MILLION for a new stadium for the Sounds in FY 2012-13" Where did that come out in disclosure Council people? I thought you read the budget. The reporter didn't even know.
$175 million for light transportation in a city that has a rush drive once in the morning and once in the evening around 5PM which will be transportation used by a a very few.
Neglected Metro buildings - Every, and I mean every, Mayor since Mayor Bill Boner left office playing the flute has spent hundred's of millions of dollars in their 8 year terms. Totally untrue.
That is what this city gets when the prominent people with name recognition don't want to run for office. What was the last turn out, 30% of all voters who legally could vote? The same will happen in the race or election for president. Same poor choices. We get what we deserve. Hey, lets build some more walk ways and parks. We don't have any of those or bus transportation here. We don't even have Piedmont gas, sewer or sidewalks/curbs. And no pretty decals of bikes every 20 feet either.

By: Shadow63 on 6/20/12 at 12:29

Our city government is amassing debt. What is happening throughout the world? Too much debt. Is Dean asleep at the wheel? Are his yes men unconscious? No, they're not, they are feathering their nest on the backs of property owners. When all the debt comes due, they will have moved on and whoever's left will bear the burden. Sound like a familiar scenario?
Oh well football will be starting soon, and DWTS will start a new season soon.

By: struggler on 6/20/12 at 1:15

Metro Council and Mayor Dean are a sad, greedy, cowardly bunch. This qoute from Mcquire "My most fervent hope is that this $8.6 million in reserves will ensure that we as a council will not have to ask our citizens for another property tax increase in the next few years.” is so offensive! After slamming us with a record increase you offer some reconciliatory tripe about hoping to not have to do it again soon! What a tone deaf piece of work!

How do you respond? We obviously have no representative voice. I will tell you one way my family and I will respond - and I would so love for it to catch on so that we'd have a voice somewhere. Seeing that Metro is now $100 million richer, we will no longer give any extra time or financial resources to metro schools. School is starting soon, and the poor mouths will start coming to me with financial requests, and volunteer time requests. We have given up on metro and will be opting out of anything other than the minimally required participation. No PTO, candy sales, smart cards, school grounds work days, volunteer time in the classroom, cafeteria, office, field trips, field days... Nothing... we have to work to make up for our losses - plus metro is $100 million richer. We are not being heard. So when these requests come my way - I am going to return a link to this article and refer the requestor to the 32 voting yes and Mayor Dean to fulfill their need.

I have plenty more ideas. The great thing about this one is that is costs you nothing - in fact you save time and money.

Any other ideas of how to respond and have our voices heard? I know some pious lib is going to tell me I am a terrible person and it will only hurt the children... (as if mountains of debt and teaching children that unaccountable and wasteful goverment that does not listen to it's citizens is positive for children) I will just smile and walk away... kinda like metro council and Mayor Dean do once they have your money. Pious lib... they will welcome your support and money - and laugh all the way to the next "grave need". Wake up!

By: producer2 on 6/20/12 at 2:01

That's a great way to support your kids..... Less involvement is the root of the problem now. Teachers aren't babysitters.

By: producer2 on 6/20/12 at 2:04

And apparently you don't pay attention. This was a rollback to pre 2006 tax rates. Any future tax increases require a vote by the citizens of Davidson County. Quit blaming everything on politics, it works both ways....now smile and walk away smarter than you were :30 seconds ago

By: sharko20 on 6/20/12 at 3:29

I will be voting against my council member - JASON HOLLEMAN. He may get lucky and his only competition will be that loser progressive lawyer that wanted his seat last time. In that case I won't vote at all.

By: Ask01 on 6/20/12 at 5:05

My councilman actually showed some backbone and voted against this thievery. Needless to say, I am extremely proud.

Concerning the spineless cowards who bought into Mayor Dean's smoke and mirrors, I do hope their constituents vote them out and encourage anyone who knows these councilmembers to ostracize them socially and financially.

One item does pique my curiosity though.

I understand from other sources some of the ill gotten gains are to be used for Metro's debt service.

Does this mean our sorry excuse for municipal leadership has created concern over our credit rating, so they must do damage control if they wish to overspend more money for downtown?

Struggler has a point actually, although I will support my child's school, I will expect Metro School Board to ensure each child has all the materials they need for the year and, I will complain loudly if the structure is not perfectly maintained.

Count on it.

Anyone calling asking for donations for law enforcement charities should save their time and preserve their dignity as I will not be donating.

I expect Mayor Dean and the Metro gang, now that they have assured their loot, spend the funds on what they whined about. (I know, I'm dreaming, but if we all ride our councilmembers unmercifully, they might get the message.)

By: thinking12 on 6/20/12 at 5:18

"And apparently you don't pay attention. This was a rollback to pre 2006 tax rates. Any future tax increases require a vote by the citizens of Davidson County. Quit blaming everything on politics, it works both ways....now smile and walk away smarter than you were :30 seconds ago"
Thank you for the education producer2
-however I believe we are all talking about not having a voice-or not being heard by the people we elected! About elected people not being responsible and accountable and just "going along with the mayor's program".

A roll back to 2006 is great but the very same issues that exsisted then are still there and not one elected offical has come to terms with it-you cannot solve problems by throwing money at them !!!!!!!

You need community involvement and according to a poll this just angered 68% of Davidson county residents-please reference strugglers comments above.

You do not garner community support when you fly in the face of their concerns and basically say"I am Mayor Dean and I know the best and only things that will improve Nashville"
Then have the council, basically, high five his plan .

“My most fervent hope is that this $8.6 million in reserves will ensure that we as a council will not have to ask our citizens for another property tax increase in the next few years.”
Is this the amount of careful considerations the council gave the budget? That now they can "fervently hope to not ASK our citizens for another property tax increase in the next FEW years"
If Metro had been a private corporation it would have been out of business years ago for such blatent disregard for basic accounting principles.

And I do not believe anyone on here "whines"-it's called venting and exchanging of thoughts and ideas-you and the mayor and the council should try it some time.

By: fedupwcowards on 6/20/12 at 5:54

The number of Nashvillians who are fed up with this council and their vote to raise taxes is rising now @ 1,432.

Please visit www.moneycounts.us to join and begin the process to RECALL those 32 who ignored the voices of legal and registered voters, taxpayers and residents.

www.moneycounts.us

By: BellevueBill on 6/20/12 at 10:36

WickedTribe

My taxes are higher than 2006. How did yours get lower?

By: Ask01 on 6/21/12 at 3:53

I believe thinking12 has summed up the situation very well.

Our pitiful excuse for a mayor, backed by a largely bobblehead council, were seemingly so determined to pursue pet projects, and appease special interest groups, they allowed our infrastructure, including schools, to woefully deteriorate.

So anxious were they to grab federal money, they ignored the conditions attached, incurring more expense.

Our municipal leadership, if you can actually call what we have such, when faced with shortfalls, took the very low road and threatened to slash the budget for schools, safety, and services, all the while pretending to be concerned.

Not only did the spineless leadership refuse to allow citizens a vote on their monument to ego currently knotting downtown traffic, our despicable mayor proposed a budget requiring a tax increase, and set the rate just below that required to trigger a referendum, allowing voters a say.

Media suck ups called these actions "courageous," a true misuse of the word.

Just how much courage is required to mismanage a city government, then pick the pockets of citizens to cover incompetence?

By: Specter47 on 6/21/12 at 5:44

What can be said about these people who went to the Obama School of Governing the Masses? The School's mantra..."Do what you want. The people be damned." It's difficult to hold such a huge council accountable, but please remember this when Karl Marx Dean wants to run for statewide office.

By: producer2 on 6/21/12 at 6:49

thinking12,
appreciate your thoughts but the only poll you cite is from an anti-tax group. How credible do you think that is? When any politician tells you his platform during his campaign and spells out that there will need to be a tax increase during his term and the public votes him in by a wide margin, then that politician has just been told by the voting public that they support him. Just because there are people who don't like it doesn't mean there wasn't support. As to the council members, they are all politicians and certainly aware of where there support is within the community. If you really think they are all siting around snickering that "we got one over on them" then you are sadly misinformed.

By: JudgeRoyBean on 6/21/12 at 7:58

producer2, I seem to remember an article in this site that mentioned a poll done by Dean's campaign committee regarding a tax increase. See http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/city-news/dean-pollster-tests-mood-property-tax-hike-other-second-term-issues. Maybe it would be a good time for them to release it. Of course it would be partisan.

By: JudgeRoyBean on 6/21/12 at 8:04

Just another thought. This is an area where we are vastly underserved by the television media in Nashville. As far as I know, very few council members were interviewed about the increase. and none of the television stations conducted any non-partisan polls which would have been very interesting. I was not in favor of a tax increase but it would have been nice to know how my fellow citizens felt if trustworthy information could be gathered. Who knows, maybe the majority of Nashville property owners really wanted a tax increase. I sort of doubt it though.

By: Kosh III on 6/21/12 at 8:18

"maybe the majority of Nashville property owners really wanted a tax increase. I sort of doubt it though."

Of course most folks don't want to pay more but that does not mean the increase is wrong.
Most people did not want to end Jim Crow but that didn't mean that JC was right--it was wrong and the Congress knew it and did the RIGHT thing instead of what the majority wanted.
The majority opinion is not always right.

I always want our elected representatives to do the right thing--especially when it is unpopular.

By: producer2 on 6/21/12 at 9:08

Don't be silly. No one WANTS a tax increase. I don't WANT one. The Mayor doesn't WANT one, but one was needed. There is a huge difference. Polling someone and asking if they want one will certainly get you a no.

By: JudgeRoyBean on 6/21/12 at 12:40

producer2: Don't be silly. No one WANTS a tax increase

You are of course, correct. Bad wording on my part. I should have said maybe the majority of Nashville property owners are convinced of the need for a tax increase.

By: producer2 on 6/21/12 at 12:47

but they will be the first to complain when something they want is cut.

By: Ask01 on 6/21/12 at 4:58

A quick show of hands please.

How many remember Mayor Dean mentioning a tax increase during the campaign?

I don't, but I will confess I've never liked the man, had no intention of voting for him, and paid no attention to his drivel. Honestly, I would have voted for a steaming pile of dog poop instead of Karl, had such been an option.)

All the rationalization aside, the approval of a tax increase while so many are still hurting from the recent economic recession speaks volumes for the less than stellar character of our truly uninspired leadership at mayor and the city council.

I still wonder why no thought was given to firing people in upper management to free up more money?

By: JustADog on 6/21/12 at 8:14

You all best know that every media outlet in town is tied down to Mayor Dean, first and foremost by MP&F PR. Bought, paid for, whorez, the lot of them. They don't care about you, they send their kids to private schools you can't afford, and that's the way it is. Move out of Davidson like I'm going to do as soon as possible or you'll only get more abuse from these idiots who think they know better than you do. They don't have budgets - your budget is their money - or can't/haven't you figured that out yet?

Hilarious also that Ferrell & Co. continue playing this game on the lot of you; if you only knew how dirty and down in it they all are.

By: WickedTribe on 6/22/12 at 5:46

I just now noticed that my representative, Darren Jernigan, voted against this. What kind of so-called Democrat votes against the best interests of the city? I guess he thinks this is going to help him when he runs against Republican Jim Gotto for state representative, but all it says to me is that there's no difference between Jernigan and Gotto except Gotto's more honest.

By: producer2 on 6/22/12 at 7:45

Ask01 is probably not the best moniker for someone who readily admits they don't pay attention.

WickedTtribe,
Good Call... although Gotto is a bit much to stomach.