ELECT JIM FOLKNER FOR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
Business Experience You Can Count On
The city council is your check on wasteful spending and voice for the community!
- I will be the council person that if you call me I will return your calls and you can always reach me on my cell phone that I pay for and will always pay for out of my own pocket. I believe that it’s not the taxpayer’s job to pay for a cell phone for council members.
- City council elections are important for voters.
- Our city council has raised our property taxes, storm water fees, building fees, and gas franchise fees. While doing this they have allowed the police to have cars and phones taken away, and budget less money for road paving than Red Bank.
- The biggest problems in our city and district are gangs, roads needing paved, storm water problems and the way brush pick up and large items are handled.
- If elected I pledge to work to make our government more accountable and transparent to voters and to eliminate the waste that is making our taxes go up and denying the needed benefits to our community.
- We need smaller government not bigger.
- Stop zoning changes that hurt our neighborhoods.
- Vote and work to reduce the tax load on our citizens "others say they will only vote for a tax increase if necessary" That means they will increase taxes.
- We have plenty of money in our city it's just spent improperly.
- We can return the patrol cars and phones to the police and pave the roads.
- I don't just want a job; I am not new at this;I have been speaking on these issues and before the city council for over three years.
- I don’t want to be a council person who you only call when you have a problem. I want to be involved in my district and address all of your concerns and questions.
Charter amendment 12677
The content is unknown to most people, however one provision allows sunlight to enter the decisions on zoning (page 22) Basically this amendment has not been publicized enough for people to know what is in it to make an informed decision. It is twenty six pages long and the summary is 53 words on the ballot. I will vote against it for that reason. The charter is to our city what the consitutiion is to our country.
The relentless march of mispenting goes on, $1,000,000 for concrete for art work to sit on in the southside (more on this tomorrow).
Sorry it's $1,029,125.75 and a contingency of $23,400 which they will spend too. $130,000 is stormwater money. This mixing of
funds is one thing that got Chattanooga the last fine.
The Moccasin Bend Clean Water Authority (sewer plant) managed by an unelected board is the mayor and councils way of avoiding responsibility for mismanagement and raising the sewer rates. We could end up like Birmingham if we are not viligent.