I wish it was that easy for the rest of us... "Hey Boss, I seem to be spending more money than you're paying me. Give me a raise."
Hire more tax collectors (Cops) and write more tickets, wait... let's install more cameras under the false pretense of safety! Why should you spend less? Am I the only one who has noticed how our budgets shrink while the damn governments continues to inflate!
"...facing another tax increase this year as revenues have waned during the current economy crisis..."
What do you think has happened with everyone else's revenues? Another tax increase... Great idea! That will make everything OK.
How about leaving our pockets alone and ya'll (government) spending less. We all know you waste a TON of money every day.
We’re not talking about empty positions staying empty,” Peay said. “We’re talking about sending someone home.”
The jobs are mostly unfilled and five supervisor spots in the Ambulance Service will be reduced by attrition. But one job in the planning department will be cut.
Okay, which is it? Are we "sending people home" or eliminating unfilled positions?
Sounds like someone doen't know what they're doing.
Didn't our County Mayor campaign on "running the county like a business"? Then where is this business approach? I believe a business in this position would start cutting expenses and workers. And notice we're only talking about the "general fund". What about the other fee offices like the Property Assessor, County Clerk, and Circuit Clerk. Are they cutting back?
Let's look at the whole budget and see what can be reduced before we start talking about raising taxes. Maybe it's time to start looking at a tiered property tax system where those in the general services area pay one rate and those in a city services are pay another. I'm tired of paying for city garbage, police, and fire and also paying for county garbage, police, and fire. If you don't want to live "in the city" and pay city taxes then fine, pay your share of county services.
It's a shame that we have to tighten our belts even tighter because the county wants more. How about the county doing a little belt tightening? How about an across the board 10% reduction? Sadly, most of us can't simply tell our employers or customers, "sorry slick, you have to eat a raise or a price increase so we can pay more to the county government." We have to do without so government can spend. Sure as hell can't have them making sacrifices or cutting back. While I can't speak for anyone else, I'm personally getting to the end of my rope with tax increases so government can continue consuming at it's current level.
Rain Day Fund dry? The Rutherford County Government needs to be held accountable in showing the taxpayer when the fund went dry and where every cent was spent. I'm sure they will not want us to know. What in the heck is going on. Property tax increase this budget year,next budget year and even the next budget year is being already being predicted. When will this stop. Guess it will stop when the taxpayer has no more money for Rutherford County to squeeze out of us.
I have owned a house here for 11 years, my property taxes have gone up 9 times. The county ought to rolling in the money with property values increasing every year until now.