Say “NO” to Mayor Littlefield’s 33% increase in Property Taxes

Taxed Enough Already

A Call to Action

Chattanooga’s Mayor Ron Littlefield has presented the City Council with a proposed budget that raises property taxes 33%. In these difficult economic times and following a new storm water run off tax and a recent property assessment which has raised many people’s property tax, the Mayor proposed to raise the property tax rate by $0.64 per $100 assessed. This is a 33% rate increase. While many of us are adjusting our own budgets to account for a reduced income, the Mayor wants to increase the City’s income by taking some of our income. We cannot afford any government expansion.

I would like to ask all those who can attend to make it to next Tuesday’s 6pm City Council meeting. Please bring signs and wear Tea Party related shirts. Signs should all be family appropriate. I suggest sings like:

Taxed Enough Already! No New Taxes! Born Free. Taxed to Death.

Parking will be tight so please arrive early. We will gather in front of the City Council building as early as 5pm and enter the meeting at 6pm. The meeting usually last about an hour, and at the end of the meeting the floor will be opened to persons wishing to address the council. This will be our opportunity to speak. Each person will have about 3 minutes to address the City Council with their concerns. Please keep your statements related to the recent and the proposed tax increases. If you cannot arrive before 6pm, you can still participate. Just come inside the council room quietly and have a seat. Please be respectful during the meeting. You may hold signs, but we will not be able to address the Council until the end of the meeting.

The media always attends these meetings and usually has nothing exciting to report, Our presence should change this and we should receive some decent media coverage. If the media speaks to you about this protest event please collect your thoughts before voicing your opinion about the proposed tax increase. Our message should be that we want NO more tax increases. Any property tax or any other tax increase is not acceptable. 33% is crazy, but no increase is acceptable. Also please mention that you heard about this protest from the Chattanooga Tea Party.

City Council meetings are held on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are held in the Assembly Room, located in the City Council Building at 1000 Lindsay St., and are open to the public. http://www.chattanooga.gov/City_Council/110_AgendasMinutesbyDate.htm

More info can be found on Chattanoogan.com at the links below:

Littlefield Proposing 64-Cent Property Tax Hike http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_175906.asp

Mayor Littlefield, What Are You Thinking? – And Response http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_175924.asp

The City Doesn’t Get It – And Response (10) http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_175954.asp

All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing. -Edmund Burke

If you think we are free today, you know nothing about tyranny and even less about freedom. – Tom Braun

Eric Smith Chattanooga Tea Party

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