One big issue that is being kept under wraps until after the election is the huge debt of the Water & Sewer Dept. that was fueled by growth. When the new constuction tanked the cash from conection fees that was to finance reserves and debt coverage went down also. The present Council added to the problem by diverting over $300,000 of the remaining connection fee income to the pockets of builders & developers to "stimulate" the building industry. It didn't work and now the ratepayers will have to make it up in the form of higher water & sewer bills. The increase is proposed to be 15% spread over the next five years. Toby Gilley supported this (bail out) as a member of the W&S Board and as a Councilman. All of the Council voted for this ill thought out use of public funds. I wonder who is keeping this hushed up until after the election?
Although the question of party affiliation has never been asked directly. Gilley and Bratcher have managed to get the fact that they are republicans into interviews in the DNJ. Given that Murfreesboro is heavily Republican and Council candidates are not listed by party affiliation on the ballot, this seems to be either a shrewd or a devious way to get a few votes. I haven't noticed any of the challengers interviews containing the same information. How did the endorsement of the local Republican Party Chair get into the Bratcher interview? Something be funny here.