Sunday, March 11, 2012

Gaylord-Dollywood snow-splash park should pay their taxes

by Ken Jakes

Ken Jakes
Legislation heading to the Metro Council this month would let Gaylord Entertainment Co. and Dollywood Co., working together as a company called Park Holdings LLC, pay an amount equaling 40 percent of their real and personal property taxes for up to 12 years, starting no later than Jan. 1, 2014. Mayor Karl Dean's plan would net a saving on property taxes for Gaylord and Dollywood of about 5.4 million dollars.

It seems to me that our elected officials are set on giving our city away. If this project is going to produce revenues of 60 million a year as claimed, you can bet they will come anyway. Nothing in life comes for free. Every dollar our city gives in tax break cuts, you and I the remaining tax payer gets to carry the burden. I ask that you contact members of the Council and express your opinion. You can contact all Council Members at once by using this email, My opinion is that they should pay their taxes as Metro requires all other small business to pay.

When I ran for Council at Large in 2011, the Tennessean News Paper kept referring to me as the Frequent Metro Critic. Well in response to that name they have given me, let me just state as long as what I believe back room deals are being cut and placing a heavier tax burden on the people you can bet I will continue to fight for the people. They are already planning in my opinion a tax increase for the people and a tax decrease for Gaylord and Dollywood. Surely , I am not the only individual who would feel this way. Please let your voice be heard as well.
We all want tax relief, but how are we ever going to get relief when we are constantly picking up an extra load. The pack on my back is full and I do not want another symbolic tax brick piled in for me to carry. Enough is enough.

Ken Jakes is a frequent critic of Metro Government and a citizen activist discovering and exposing government corruption and waste. He is a former and probably future candidate for public office.  

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