Up for Debate: Councilman's 'roundtable' meetings

Friday, June 8, 2012 at 12:37am

Councilman Steve Glover has scheduled public "roundtable" meetings at his office to discuss Mayor Karl Dean’s proposed budget with council colleagues to look for ways to reduce the proposed 53-cent property tax increase. Do you think this is a good and potentially productive idea, too little too late, or simply a convolution of the process? Do you think similar meetings should be held more often on other topics?

 

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By: Ask01 on 6/10/12 at 8:17

The 'roundtable' is a sham. Mere smoke and mirrors to convince the more simple minded public and conscience troubled councilmembers there is no other way out of the current troublesd economy. A financial morass of their own making, I might add.

The arguments supporting the tax increase are simple and even sophmoric.

"The cost of, well, everything has risen."

For those politicians not affected, allow me to reassure you Nashville citizens are well aware of the fact. Especially those touched by the recession having to deal with loss of employment, no pay raises, and extreme belt tightening.

"Public education, services, and safety will suffer."

Why should they? These areas will suffer ONLY if cuts are made at the 'tip of the spear' so to speak, where actual interaction is performed. I propose cutting at the other end. Lay off upper management and clerical staff. In fact, here is a proposal I suspect neither Mayor Dean nor any Metro Councilmember has the intestinal fortitude to address. Any metro employee elected or hired, even the Mayor, earning above the median income for Davidson County, should have their pay reduced to that amount.

While I'm on the subject, if Education is so important to Mayor Dean and Metro Council, why did our esteemed leadership allow the deterioration of public schools to advance so deeply? This decline did not happen overnight, and is the result of chronic neglect. This naturally begs the question of where all the other tax increases meant for "the children" were spent? Money does not guarantee smart students by any stretch, but it does provide adequate, perhaps excellent facilities.

As for public safety, if Mayor Dean and the Council did not realize there were strings attached to a federal gift, they should be impeached immediately for gross incompetence. If when accepting the money, there was knowledge of the consequences for not continuing the program with local money, and knowing the recession had no end in sight, the money should have been politely turned down. This is the fault of government, not the people, so government should suffer the consequences at the leadership level.

A city is like a family. Families must prioritize their spending, taking care of necessities first before purchasing niceties. We don't have a plasma television with theater sound because the basics come first. We don't loan money or give charity when we are on a strict budget ourselves, so why does government believe it proper to give tax breaks to companies who have as yet done nothing for Nashville? They might give us jobs, you say. Might is a fairly uncertain word. Let them prove themselves first, providing jobs, recruiting from Metro Nashville residents, and display extreme civic responsibility, then we can dole out one time tax breaks as rewards for service.

Tax money never goes fully for projects and services politicians argue the funds are need. My perception is just enough is spent to fool or satisfy the public then pet projects are funded.

Mayor Dean was call courageous for proposing a tax hike. I guess some people have a different definition than I do.

True courage would be displayed by cutting head count at the top and reducing salaries of those too long feeding at the public trough.

Considering the track record of Nashville politicians, I suspect we will all need to prepare for the shakedown to come.

By: yogiman on 6/10/12 at 1:46

Maybe you should think about running for city council, Ask01. I believe we need a complete turnover from towns all the way up to the White House.

The US has damn near fell down trying to run up the hill and needs to be slowed down.