Wednesday afternoon Commissioner Heiskell completed the process of raising county property taxes another 11%. Only four citizens showed up to speak, and their concerns were summarily dismissed.
Despite advocating for a casino in public as recently as last month, Heiskell said it’s only a “rumor” she’ll build a casino at Mountain Cove Farms, claimed buying the Farm was a good deal, and clung to her BS story of the purchase not costing anything because it involved tax-funded waterlines being sold from one county entity to another.
“What cannot be overstated, she said, is that the county has lost $100 million in its digest — taxable properties — over the last decade. That in turn has meant each mill of taxes that once raised $1.5 million now generates $1 million in revenue, she said.”
And about twenty million of that former property is no longer taxed because she bought it with tax dollars.
She’s a broken record that citizens can’t stop turning – especially when nobody shows up or speaks out.
None of the three tax and budget meetings were very well attended, which is sad – but understandable. People don’t want to fool with it anymore because it’s just subjecting themselves to abuse to accomplish nothing, since she does whatever she wants anyway.
As LU reported a week ago, Hutcheson laid off a good number of people during September. Sources said at least 20; the final verified number is 58. Those laid off are being paid for their time on the clock but get no severance, and looks like they lose any accrued benefits like vacation time.
Layoffs were mostly in middle management. The upper management, CEO Hayes, administrators, and the multiple hospital boards that have driven the hospital off a cliff, retain their jobs, paychecks, and benefits.
(A report from the local paper says the hospital lost another $1 million in September, which is well in excess of the money it actually had on hand to pay for anything with, and they’re creating ANOTHER committee to decide what bills are paid and which are ignored.)
Another rumor also verified: the hospital will no longer do emergency surgery. One more reason not to stop at HMC on your way to Chattanooga if you need serious medical care.
“As part of the cost-cutting measures the hospital is no longer performing emergency surgeries at the main campus — all surgical procedures are now being scheduled and done at Hutcheson on the Parkway. Also, all non-emergency labor and delivery services have been curtailed and the hospital’s Women’s Center has closed.”
What good is a hospital that doesn’t deliver babies or do surgeries? Go to the ER, get a bandaid, then go to a real hospital to get treatment? Hutcheson is just billing people for sending them on to Erlanger or Memorial.
Pear Pine may soon be no more.
WQCH Radio, 09/29/15: “THE THIRTY-DAY NOTICE WAS UP ON MONDAY, AND THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE IS MOVING AHEAD WITH CONDEMNATION PROCEEDINGS AT PEAR PINES TRAILER PARK.
“CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON SAID IT APPEARS THAT ONLY ONE TRAILER IN THE PARK IS STILL OCCUPIED, AND IT’S HOPED THEY WILL BE MOVED-OUT TUESDAY [last week]. THE PARK HAS BEEN WITHOUT WATER SERVICE FOR MORE THAN A MONTH DUE TO NON-PAYMENT OF THE BILL.
“HAMILTON SAID THE CITY HAS STILL HEARD NOTHING FROM THE PARK’S OWNER, BUT HAS BEEN COOPERATING WITH A LIENHOLDER ON THE PROPERTY.
“AFTER AN INSPECTION OF ABOUT TWENTY OF THE MOBILE HOMES OVER THE WEEKEND, HAMILTON SAID THERE IS ‘NO DOUBT THAT PEAR PINES IS A HAZARD TO PUBLIC HEALTH’ AND DEMOLITION OF THE PARK LOOKS PROBABLE.”
The city manager says they haven’t heard from the owner, but he HAS attempted to tell police, as recently as two weeks ago, that people living there are all squatters who need to be evicted, and they’re all responsible for damaging his trailers.
In other words he’s delusional or a liar. Good riddance to him AND his trash heap.
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