Archive for January, 2010

How Many Appointed Positions?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Appointed Positions! How Many Are There?

This subject has been around for some time and has been abused and misunderstood by nearly everyone except Willie Herenton. His answer was, “As many as I want because the City Council will not object and the City (more…)

City Budget Cuts

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Recently I heard City Councilman Jim Strickland speak at the Dutch Treat Luncheon. He presented his proposals for cuts in the Memphis operating budget to help pay for money that was cut from the Memphis City School budget. Some interesting statistics were


Pension Revisions

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

I thought I knew a lot about local pension systems until I was asked by Mayor Ford to join the Shelby County Retirement Task Force. Under Commissioner Mike Ritz it is a well run and professional group.


The MLGW and Profits

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

In a recent article in the Mainstreet Journal, I wrote about profits made by the utility and the amount of net current assets, particularly in the electric division. I contend that they are holding on to too much money when they (more…)

Pension Reform and the Charter Commission

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Yesterday I attended a morning meeting of the pension task force to which Mayor Ford appointed me. In the afternoon I attended and spoke at the Memphis and Shelby County Metropolitan Government Charter Commission at the invitation of the Chairwoman, Julie Ellis.


Unpaid Traffic Fines

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Over the years I have had a few traffic fines, parking, speeding, parking meters, my license sticker overdue etc. I have paid the fines generally on (more…)

Retirement Task Force

Sunday, January 10th, 2010


I was asked to join this task force by interim Mayor Joe Ford and I appreciate the invitation and his willingness to allow the public to review the pension situation for County employees. I am especially appreciative (more…)

Property Assessments

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

A very interesting research item that is now of interest to me is the rising property tax payments on residential housing in Memphis and Shelby County in the last ten years.


Salaries and Benefits

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Mayor Wharton Opens some of the Records.

Congratulations to Mayor Wharton and his new open records policy. Here is one example. He has posted the salaries (City of Memphis Salaries and Benefits), job titles, service centers, divisions and estimated benefits of all (more…)