All posts by Victor Ashe

UT Athletic Board goes silent

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

The UT Athletic Board is meeting behind closed doors after years of being open. The News Sentinel has gone to great lengths to criticize this change.

It is apparent that the university went to great lengths to ensure nothing comes out of the meeting that suggests remotely what is happening. No minutes are taken, and no reports are written. Clearly, they have had legal advice on how to avoid disclosure.

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Rogero to offer budget options

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

Recently, Mayor Rogero held a budget retreat with City Council at the Convention Center, outlining budget issues as her staff saw them.

She said she would present a 6 percent cut in one city budget and another budget that would fund the increase for the city pensions, cost-of-living raises and infrastructure projects. The second budget would entail a city property-tax increase, but the mayor was silent on the specific amount.

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City tax hike looming?

Victor Ashe
Government/Politics columnist

More than one member of Knoxville City Council has told this writer they would not be surprised if Mayor Rogero recommended a property tax increase in her budget this year. My guess is that the mayor has not decided and would surely try to avoid a tax increase the year before she runs for her second and final term in office.

The one-time bonus of $8 million to the city from the state’s Hall income tax awhile back makes a tax hike harder to explain this year.

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