Building Fees, Back Pay For Commissioners Pondered
After having to fork over $125 just to make use of the $495 weather-and-bird-dropping automotive protection shield his kids bought for him, former Cheatham County Commissioner Jack McCanless wants the county’s carport permitting fee reviewed. The Ashland City Times has the item:
The former commissioner, who was not re-elected to office in August, believes the fee should be more reasonable. He said he was asking not for personal gain, but to help others in a similar situation.
…Commissioner Donnie Jordan added that he keeps hearing building fees in Cheatham County are higher than surrounding counties and he’d like the commission to look into that. McCullough suggested that discussion take place during budget talks next year.
And speaking of personal gain, commissioners in Soddy-Daisy are pondering whether it’s prudent for them to start getting some. Traditionally, they’ve elected not to take their $300 monthly salary. But now a former county commissioner — officials have refused to name him — has concluded that in these modern and enlightened times that particular tradition may have outlived its usefulness, and has asked for back pay. Mayor Jim Adams said the move could cost local taxpayers $110,000.
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the city attorney advised that “while the commissioners have elected to not receive pay, court opinions from across the country have concluded that public officials can’t perform their duties for free” because that would be tantamount to bribing the voters.