Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Clean House" says GOP County Chairman Kathleen Starnes

Music City Center Project Cost Overruns , Attempt to Dispose of Fairgrounds, Corruption,  Doubling of  City Debt cited as reasons to look to conservative Council candidates.

Nashville, TN --- Although Metro elections are non-partisan, Kathleen Starnes, Chairman of the Davidson County Republican Party, urges voters to look at conservative candidates as an alternative to liberal politicians who’ve become entrenched and entitled. Starnes notes that the history of a Democrat-controlled Metro government has resulted in a pattern of corruption and mismanagement of tax payer dollars by several county officials.

“This election gives Davidson County residents an opportunity to clean house in a positive way,” Starnes says. “I urge voters to look seriously at the disturbing record of many candidates seeking to retain positions in Metro government.”

Starnes points to recent reports of mismanagement of Metro County offices, mismanagement of tax dollars in the Music City Center project which will cost an additional 15 million dollars and the improper manner in which proposed development of the Nashville speedway and fairgrounds has been handled.

“We own the fairgrounds. That property belongs to the citizens of Nashville and costs us nothing,” Starnes notes. It brings $60 million plus into our economy. The Music City Center will cost one billion and is proposed to bring in 100 million. This is not smart math.”

“We’ve really seen an unfortunate pattern of partisan Democrats who have underserved Nashville taxpayers,” Starnes says. “And in the midst of all this, it appears that the amount of Metro debt could double within 3 or 4 years from $77 million to $154 million.”

In other notable cases, Davidson County Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence resigned after an investigation by the District Attorney into serious mismanagement of that office. Further, several elected officials have been cited or under investigation for offenses including not paying property taxes, shoplifting and revoked law licenses. The Juvenile Court Clerk was jailed. The County Court Clerk was under TBI investigation.

“We need good representatives to move Nashville forward,” Starnes says. “I think the people of Davidson County will agree. It is time to elect conservative candidates that will ask the hard questions and not provide a rubber stamp for the Mayor.”

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