City’s U.S. dole passes $30 million for 2018

Chattanooga boasts this serene riverfront, but binds itself to the federal government by applying for — and receiving — subsidies and grants. (Photo Chattanooga 2018 CAFR)

If Chattanoogans are going to think about and independence and freer future, they must consider whether is worth getting F$666,185 from the Washington government for a repair of Central Avenue.

By David Tulis / 92.7 NoogaRadio

That money was passed through the Tennessee department transportation to city government from Washington and its department of transportation. Altogether in the 2018 fiscal year, the city obtained F$2.18  million dollars from that agency.

The total expenditures of federal awards as measured by cash receipts is F$30.38 million. The expenditures are listed as F$28.92 million. The accounting by the city is denominated not in lawful dollars, but in Federal Reserve System banknotes, a depreciating medium of exchange the substance of which is unclear but which is alleged to be the money of account for the country and its people.

The detail is in an appendix in the 2018 comprehensive annual financial report for city government (also called the CAFR), which tells of the web of connections and relationships that Washington and the mayor’s office have established to bind one to the other.

The agriculture department has given the city a F$147,884 in this year. The department of housing and urban development has given the city F$3.65 million and the department of justice awarded city government a F$110,682 for its family justice center and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice assistance grant application. It also included nearly F$300,000 for body-worn copcams.

The environmental protection agency, which holds a sword of Damocles over the head of the city, has awarded it F$6.4 million dollars in cash receipts. FEMA has given the city F$791,539 through its emergency food and shelter national board program.

Mayor Andy Berke

There’s more telling how Chattanooga, a municipal corporation that does not have a soul of itself, binds itself and its inhabitants to a federal connection. The city received F$15.45 million from the department health & human services for all kinds of charitable programs that were once the domain of the Christian church.

These grants went in large part to the Head Start program and the early Head Start child care partnership program, the sum being nearly F$12 million. Other charitable goals included low-income home energy assistance, community services and after-school care food.

State awards to the city total F$19.13 million, with much of the money listed as part of the “clean water state revolving loan program,” the biggest one at more than F$14 million  having a contract number of SRF 2013-318.

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