New Citizen's Guide to Hamilton County Department of Education Budget

Hamilton County Education Budget

For those interested, the local Department of Education has just published the first citizen's guide to the education budget and budget process. This is a welcomed step forward, and it does well in explaining sources of funding for education, changes in funding, and a very general overview of where the money goes. It is not line-item budgeting, and those looking for more exacting detail are going to be disappointed. However, it does a great job with the information it presents, and it is concise.

Priced Out: Chattanooga's Affordable Housing Crisis

For Chattanooga's working families, the lack of affordable housing is at crisis levels. Too many of us are faced with the choice of paying the rent or saving for our kid's college, and that choice is not only weighing down our futures, it is thwarting the potential of our city.

Get the facts. Share with your friends. Demand action now.

City Council Invites COA to Give Presentation on Affordable Housing Crisis

The Chattanooga City Council has invited COA to give a presentation on the local affordable housing crisis on Tuesday, April 7th at the Economic and Community Development Committee immediately following the Council's agenda session at 3:00 PM. 

The presentation will focus on Chattanooga's deepening crisis of housing affordability. Among these facts include: 

A Time for Education and Activism: Healthy and Free Tennessee Works for a Better Tomorrow

This is a time for direct action from the people of Tennessee. A new Tennessee General Assembly has begun proposing various pieces of legislation that are sure to affect our lives, one way or another. Answering the General Assembly’s recent legislation, Healthy & Free Tennessee has been working tirelessly to ensure that the bills being passed in Nashville are truly beneficial for all people of Tennessee- not simply the privileged few. 

COA Calls for Overhaul of Housing PILOT Program

Chattanooga Organized for Action is asking city officials to re-evaluate the current Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Program for Affordable Housing currently administered by RiverCity Company and the city’s Health, Education and Housing Facilities (HEB) Board.

COA offers ten reasons why the program is failing the city of Chattanooga, and why it should be substantially reformed.

Subsidized Gentrification: Local Governments Lose $26 Million in Tax Revenue in 2014

The City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County willingly forgave over $26 million dollars in taxes for numerous projects that have a dubious public benefit, and the city's legion of well-connected developers and elite business-types are laughing all the way to bank.

$26 million dollars. That's the figure that community activist Helen Burns Sharp states is costing city and county taxpayers to fund private projects. That's over a tenth of the city budget. More than enough to match the cost of building a new Wilcox Tunnel. 

This is the cost of corporate welfare and subsidized gentrification brought to you by River City and Chamber of Commerce. It has to end now. 


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