The Blount Partnership is proudly supporting Amendment 2, which attempts to legalizes the illegal judicial selection process that has violated the Tennessee Constitution since 1972. This year the taxpayers of Blount County were forced to provide $848,021 to COST CENTER 58120: INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT for “CONTRACTS FOR DEVELOPMENT” (see page 125).
Earlier this year, I asked what the taxpayers get for this one line in the budget. When I met with the Director of Finance and Budgets, Randy Vineyard, in September, I asked for a list of contractual obligations associated with the Industrial Development Board (IDB) and/or the Blount Partnership that we are obligated to pay. To date, I haven’t received an answer. Vineyard didn’t seem to know much about the County’s relationship with the Blount Partnership or IDB.
Twice I have spoke with Brian Daniels about my desire to learn more about the Blount Partnership and IDB, but my requests have been deferred and then never materialize. I still don’t know what entity receives the $848,021 of taxpayer money.
With no transparency in this costly one line item in the County budget one can only hope that the Blount Partnership, and/or the associated entities receiving tax dollars isn’t/aren’t using any taxpayer money to promote Amendment 2. Even if taxpayer money isn’t being used to support Amendment 2, any quasi-governmental entity receiving taxpayer money should stay out elections.
Vote NO on Amendment 2 because politicians need to change, not the State Constitution.
A fair & impartial judiciary is important all of us, including many organizations that have endorsed Amendment 2. pic.twitter.com/BBmcFW6zyD
— Vote YES On 2 (@VoteYES2) October 21, 2014