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Jonesborough, TN

#1 Jun 15, 2011
Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge is suppose to be good with numbers but every time he talks about the budget deficit he gives a different number and to beat all the county has over 16 million in reserves. He calls that a deficit? Eldridge who sent his kids to private schools does not support giving schools any more money but does support giving animal shelter another $400,000. WE SEE WHERE HIS PRIORITIES ARE AND WE KNOW HE HAS PROBLEMS WITH PUBLIC EDUCATION BUT THIS IS CRAZY. Almost as he has a personal vendetta against WC schools.
Eldridge does not understand what programs are forced on school systems by govt with no money to fund it.

But than again he changed his story about supporting the wheel tax to get elected.
Tri-Cities Business Man

Brentwood, TN

#2 Jun 15, 2011
Give me a break. Is it your business where the man decides to send his kids to school?

As for reserves, do you want to deplete what we have? That sure has worked out well in Washington DC. Give the guy time and look at what he does over a 4 year period.
JC businesswoman

Jonesborough, TN

#3 Jun 15, 2011
Tri-Cities Business Man wrote:
Give me a break. Is it your business where the man decides to send his kids to school?
As for reserves, do you want to deplete what we have? That sure has worked out well in Washington DC. Give the guy time and look at what he does over a 4 year period.
The issue seems to me is his lack of being consistent. It should be obvious we put education over animal shelter. And you are right it is no ones business where his children attend school but will add it gives me some insight. I am not for depleting rainy day fund but it should be used in part for tough times like these to fund essential services. Don Arnold was apparently right when he said you cant run govt like a business.
parent

Jonesborough, TN

#4 Jun 15, 2011
JC Press reporting county buying more land for industrial use. The idiot mayor does not realize how many vacant buildings and industrial park buildings we have already. Invest in education. Look around Mayor no companies beating down our doors to come her and the ones that have only come long enough to get the tax breaks we offer them. Eldridge does not give a damn about our schools,the middle classs, kids or teachers. It is rumored he will run for Congress. We need people who care about our children.
Wash co

United States

#5 Jun 15, 2011
Tri-Cities Business Man wrote:
Give me a break. Is it your business where the man decides to send his kids to school?
As for reserves, do you want to deplete what we have? That sure has worked out well in Washington DC. Give the guy time and look at what he does over a 4 year period.
Give me a break!! Do you really think the around 1.6 million that Wash co schools need is going to deplete the 16 million that's on reserve? Where did you go to school "business man"? Mr Eldridge might know how to run a business but he does not know how to run a county!! He needs to spend a little time researching our public school system here! Could care less where he sent his kids to school,however, he ,obviously could not comprehend that co schools require a little more from the county than private schools. Teachers in the county system have more required of them now than ever and they cannot even get a raise? I think he needs some type of consultant to inform him of what's going on!
Wash co

United States

#6 Jun 15, 2011
And a 4 year period does nothing for our county RIGHT NOW!
Tri-Cities Business Man

Kingsport, TN

#7 Jun 16, 2011
Wash co wrote:
And a 4 year period does nothing for our county RIGHT NOW!
You're right. I assume we take 1.6 million out this year for schools. And then next year we take out 2 million. And the next year we take out more money.

Do you think we should increase taxes or take the necessary steps to create opportunities for new businesses to come into our community? New & Expanding businesses means more tax dollars and jobs that can go to support local schools, parks, roads, ect.

I understand schools are important but you have to look at the overall picture. You should place the blame on State & Federal government mandates, not on the local county government for not dipping in to reserves.
wash co

United States

#8 Jun 16, 2011
Tri-Cities Business Man wrote:
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You're right. I assume we take 1.6 million out this year for schools. And then next year we take out 2 million. And the next year we take out more money.
Do you think we should increase taxes or take the necessary steps to create opportunities for new businesses to come into our community? New & Expanding businesses means more tax dollars and jobs that can go to support local schools, parks, roads, ect.
I understand schools are important but you have to look at the overall picture. You should place the blame on State & Federal government mandates, not on the local county government for not dipping in to reserves.
are you kidding? There are hundreds of businesses that have tried to make it in this area and could not! There are empty warehouses all over this area! I do blame the State and Federal government , however, we now have to deal with the demands they have placed on us! Rather than just telling the schools they canot have it, how about working on a way? Its not the students fault what's been handed down to them. Its not the Teachers fault! So why should they have to pay? They have not had a raise in 5 or 6 years! Most of the surrounding counties seem to handle their budgets ok with the exception of Johnson City! But that's a whole other topic in itself. Maybe the mayor should seek out other counties advice. He keeps putting the "budget issue" off. Makes you wonder if he's not sure how to handle it. Just saying
clear this up please

Chatsworth, GA

#9 Jun 17, 2011
The teachers of Washington County have gotten raises each year. The state gives them a raise each year and the county matches it. On the other hand, the rest of the county employees are the ones who haven't gotten raises for the past 4 years. They don't have a teachers union to represent them in collective bargaining.
Not True

Elizabethton, TN

#10 Jun 17, 2011
clear this up please wrote:
The teachers of Washington County have gotten raises each year. The state gives them a raise each year and the county matches it. On the other hand, the rest of the county employees are the ones who haven't gotten raises for the past 4 years. They don't have a teachers union to represent them in collective bargaining.
WHAT Years? YOU are mistaken. Very Misinformed.
Clear yourself up

Herndon, KY

#11 Jun 17, 2011
WE HAVE NOT HAD ANY RAISES IN FIVE YEARS! WHAT PART OF "ANY" DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND! The rest of the "employees" do not have college/Master's Degrees that required educational loans that need to be paid back. We make less now than we did five years ago because our insurance premiums keep going up. Teachers have more responsibility and accountability than ever, but in Washington County we are not paid what we are worth. I hope the Mayor and the commissioners realize that we are professionals and need to be paid as such. These are tough economic times, but education is not an area that can stand to be taken for granted for long without serious damage to our community!
jimmy

Brentwood, TN

#12 Jun 17, 2011
you guys shouldn't have become teachers. Low pay, have to do a lot with nothing and "some" have to deal with teenagers who think they know everything.
wash co

United States

#13 Jun 17, 2011
clear this up please wrote:
The teachers of Washington County have gotten raises each year. The state gives them a raise each year and the county matches it. On the other hand, the rest of the county employees are the ones who haven't gotten raises for the past 4 years. They don't have a teachers union to represent them in collective bargaining.
Cost of living raise, maybe. Do your homework before you post!
hahaha

United States

#14 Jun 20, 2011
Yes teachers get a 1.5 percent raise from the state, and the county matchs that for a 3 percent raise. And I'm sorry you can't discount that as "just" a cost of living raise when teachers are the ONLY ones getting it. Sheriff officers and other county employee's have gotten none, no cost of living no anything this will be the 5th year. And while I am all about keeping our teachers happy, everyone else should be getting "something" anything to make them feel like working for the people of this county is worth it.
couny

United States

#15 Jun 21, 2011
hahaha wrote:
Yes teachers get a 1.5 percent raise from the state, and the county matchs that for a 3 percent raise. And I'm sorry you can't discount that as "just" a cost of living raise when teachers are the ONLY ones getting it. Sheriff officers and other county employee's have gotten none, no cost of living no anything this will be the 5th year. And while I am all about keeping our teachers happy, everyone else should be getting "something" anything to make them feel like working for the people of this county is worth it.
Talk to your Mayor!
lemonade

Nashville, TN

#16 Jun 21, 2011
Parent, you say there are no businesses looking to locate here. Have you driven by the county industrial park lately? Three manufacturing facilities, two of which located there within the last couple of years. Now there's no usable space for additional ones. And your "vacant buildings" idea? Well, the county or city would have to buy them to develop them into industrial parks. Like it or not, local governments just about have to involve themselves in industrial recruitment/development in order to get those jobs to their areas. That means developing land with appropriate roads, utilities, etc, in locations attractive to those industries.

And for anyone crying about how "reserves" can be used to pay for raises, I believe the Mayor explained very well how those reserves are needed because of the cash flow concerns of how the county operates -- depleting those reserves too much can make the county unable at times to pay the teachers you value so much.
lemonade

Nashville, TN

#17 Jun 21, 2011
It should also be noted that while teachers cry about their pay all the time, no one mentions that their retirement pensions easily outpace the generosity given to other state employees. My understanding is that teachers can earn nearly full salary on retirement while regular state employees make no more than 45 percent.
Dearest Sour Lemonade

Herndon, KY

#18 Jun 21, 2011
You have been completely mislead. I am so sick of people who don't understand the teaching PROFESSION! I worked hard to get my degree and then a Master's Degree with a huge student loan to pay back. My retirement is a JOKE! We get HALF of our salary, not FULL like you commented. Like you said, it's YOUR understanding! You understand SQUAT about the teaching PROFESSION! It should be noted that MOST teachers deserve double their salary! I use my salary to fund my classroom. It averages to about $800 per year. I'll bet NOBODY IN OTHER PROFESSIONS uses their own salary to fund their job unless they are self-employed. There is a special place for people who hate teachers! They are all together....and they are ignorant! SPECIAL!
nothing better

Chatsworth, GA

#19 Jun 21, 2011
Tired of teachers complaining on here all the time.. Get a different job. You already get more time off than everyone else, make more money than you should, and then bitch about everything in the process. I almost became a teacher, I'm sure glad I didn't after reading, the back stabbing, gossip, and whining I constantly see on here.
lemonade

Nashville, TN

#20 Jun 21, 2011
Dearest Sour Lemonade, do you scream at your kids like you scream in these posts? Turn that caps lock key off and talk like a human.

And do you think you're the only segment of society that went and got multiple degrees and don't get paid six figures? There's plenty of the rest of us, pal, and we don't get summers off. I have three degrees, and I don't get paid half what I'm worth, but I don't need a Kleenex from anyone because of it.

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