Archive for May, 2010

Pilots, Are They A Good Deal For You?

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Recently I came across a state report on PILOTS (Payment in lieu of tax grants) for Memphis and Shelby County. I converted this to a spread sheet and I have attached the some $48 million dollars in PILOTS (taxes not paid (more…)

Public Golf Course Mistakes Cost Millions

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Here is a recent letter from John Malmo, former head of the old citizen public park commission. Also see a spreadsheet from current city councilman Kemp Conrad on this subject.

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Garbage-A Multi-Million Dollar Issue

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Recently City Councilman Kemp Conrad sent me a presentation on solid waste (garbage, recyclables and yard waste) alternatives and asked my opinion. I appreciated this opportunity.  I read it and sent it (more…)

Hard but Necessary Choices

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

“We want what we have been promised and we want it NOW!” This is what the Greek government employees are shouting in the streets of Athens.

What does that have to do with us here in Memphis? I do not mean to imply that we have the same situation here but nationally the country is not far (more…)

City of Memphis Bond Refinancing

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

I am concerned about Mayor Wharton’s proposed debt refinancing and I looked at the details of the proposal. I asked John Slater, a friend with extensive financial education and experience, to take a look at this proposal and give me his opinion. I show below his opinion of this proposed deal.

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Email from Kemp Conrad

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

In response to my recent email and web posting I received the following email from City Councilman Kemp Conrad. I thought it was a very thoughtful and interesting email and I wanted to share it with the public. He (more…)

Tax Increases You May Have Missed

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

It is interesting for me to read the agendas and documents that are published on line for the City Council, the County Commission and the Memphis School Board. I don’t always have the time to research them (more…)