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February 10, 2019
Metro Internal Audit – Collier and MNPS reports

The Metro Audit Committee meets next on February 12. We will consider the Metro Auditor’s reports about Collier Engineering and various allegations related to MNPS. Both are getting media attention… Read more »

February 10, 2019
General thoughts about Metro’s internal audit function

I’ll warn you right now…this post will be hard to keep interesting. But as Metro’s Internal Audit function has been more in the forefront on issues like Collier Engineering, various… Read more »

February 03, 2019
Council Feb 5 Agenda

The Council has a full agenda on February 5. It includes several items that are guarantied to make someone mad. Here’s what I am looking at (in the order they… Read more »

January 06, 2019
Mendes – what is that?

Through my life, I’ve been asked a lot about my last name. What is Mendes? Where is Mendes from? What are you? Mendes – what is that? Sometimes people ask… Read more »

December 15, 2018
Metro’s Audited Financials as of 6/30/2018

Metro’s Audited Financials for Fiscal Year 2018 were posted online yesterday. This post will run through the top dozen or so things I look at in the audited financials. I’m… Read more »

December 04, 2018
…more on the proposed AMZN incentive…

At the Council Budget & Finance Committee yesterday, the administration gave an extended description of how beneficial Amazon will be for Metro. The numbers were flying so fast, and (so… Read more »

November 30, 2018
Some things I think…

For a brief moment, I think there is no complicated legislation pending before the Council. Soccer, transit, transit oriented development, freezing tax increment financing, and an anemic operating budget are… Read more »

October 31, 2018
Church Street Park Appraisal(s)

Metro has posted an updated appraisal of Church Street Park dated October 12, 2018 here. The cover page of this update refers to a September 12 revision also. I asked… Read more »

October 18, 2018
The Other Charter Amendments

With early voting starting, I am getting a lot of questions about the other Charter amendments — Numbers 2 through 6. The text of the proposed amendments is here. A… Read more »

September 28, 2018
Update on BL -1319 about tax increment financing…

There’s a tax increment financing reform bill (BL2018-1319) on 3rd and final reading next week. The bill is here. Council Director Jameson’s analysis is here. My prior posts about -1319… Read more »

September 15, 2018
Metro Debt Dashboard

From time-to-time, I hunt around for precise numbers about Metro’s long term debt. I decided to collect the stats in one place. Here’s my Metro Debt Dashboard. I know some… Read more »

September 13, 2018
About TIF reform

In getting my thoughts together about my upcoming tax increment financing reform legislation, I put together a memo about how TIF works, how our 2016 reform impacted TIF, and how… Read more »

August 19, 2018
No Free Lunch

Is it possible to have A+ top-notch civic services and amenities AND a super-low property tax rate (both historically & compared to other Tennessee cities) AND no income tax? There… Read more »

August 15, 2018
I’ll vote in favor of the community oversight referendum

The Election Commission voted today to put the Community Oversight Board referendum on the upcoming November 6 ballot. I’ll vote in favor of the referendum. Nationally, community oversight and advisory… Read more »

August 08, 2018
Statement about shooting video

The video released today of the officer-involved fatal shooting of Mr. Hambrick is troubling. The video appears to show Mr. Hambrick being fatally shot in the back while running away… Read more »

 

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