Archive for March, 2010

Behind the Budget Curtain

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Pulling back the curtain on salaries and benefits of public employees

The current city mayor, Mayor Wharton, is a great believer in transparency and when he was the county mayor, I found him to be so. Therefore click on any of the following to see city and sheriff department salaries and benefits. See 2009 city employees base salaries and cost of benefits, the 2009 city employees actual salaries and the 2009 sheriff department actual salaries.

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The 2011 Memphis Budget Process

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Budget Time at the City of Memphis. Oh Happy Day!!

I have spent some time going through the 2010 City of Memphis adopted operating budget. The 2011 budget process will be beginning soon. I have some thoughts on this and I list what I have found. (I have the summary (more…)

Controlling Taxzilla

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

How Do We Control the MemphisCitySchoolTaxzilla?

I read in the paper the other day that the Memphis City School Board members accepted a $936 million dollar budget-$61 million more than last (more…)

MLGW Increases Pension Contribution

Monday, March 15th, 2010

MLGW Increases Pension Contribution by $11 million

Memphisshelbyinform is determined to keep the public informed about local public pensions, OPEB (retiree health care and life insurance) and public employee benefits. This is a big job, but here is some information (more…)

Office of Talent and Human Capital

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Did you see the announcement this morning by Mayor Wharton of a new office at the City of Memphis. DRUM ROLL!! Office of Talent and Human Capital. Here are the details.

Ever Resistant to Change

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

I went to a subcommittee meeting yesterday run by City Council member Barbara S. Ware. On the agenda was the subject of auto inspections. Bill Boyd was there  as was Janet Hooks, Director of Public Services and (more…)

The Cost of Obscuration (Lack of Transparency)

Friday, March 5th, 2010

A friend of mine said recently when I told him about my recent experience with lack of transparency in a local government agency “Where there’s obstruction there’s fear. Where there’s fear there’s uncertainty and ignorance. Where there’s uncertainty and ignorance there’s a bloody mess.”

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Transparency at the MCSchools

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

I recently sent several open records requests to the Memphis City School system. Let me say that transparency in local government has improved significantly since the exit of Willie Herenton. Shelby County is the best, MLGW is next and the City of Memphis, since interim Mayor Lowery and (more…)