In regard to the tax rate increase approved on a 3-2 vote by the Corinth City Council, I am very disappointed that the balanced budget without a tax increase submitted by the city manager and finance department failed to pass. Mayor Ruggiere and two other council members were in support of the balanced budget submitted by the city manager.
The last-minute move to fund the addition of two police officers is what threw the budget out of balance and necessitated the increase.
This should not be misinterpreted to mean that I and those on the council who voted against the additional officers are unappreciative of the protection our fine police department provides for our city. We have every right to be proud of their service.
Our concern is the impact on future budgets and possible additional tax increases that may be needed over many years to come.
There is no end to programs that are attractive and we would like to have. But reality and frugality dictate that we cannot afford everything that would be nice to have.
It would be nice if the three council members, for whom I have a lot of respect, who brought about the tax increase would move to reconsider their action and vote against the increase in the budget which necessitated the tax increase.