|Published: 8:13 AM, 02/12/2013
||Last updated: 8:35 AM, 02/12/2013
Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-Cocke County Trustee Rob
Mathis is urging members of the Cocke County Legislative Body to voice opposition to legislation
that he contends would create bureaucracy, extra expense and invite corruption.
Speaking to members of the Finance Committee of the CLB Monday evening, Mathis
outlined concerns he has about the County Financial Management System of 2013, which is being
proposed by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office.
"I see some scary
facets in this," Mathis told committee members. "It would take the taxing authority away from the
CLB. That means the CLB is losing control of the tax rate. This is a bad idea and it's contrary to
Mathis presented members with a copy of the proposed
act and a letter from the East Tennessee Trustees Association that lists concerns about the
"There would be no separation of duties," he said. "By
centralization, you are saying bureaucracy. It won't save money...it will be very expensive. The
goal is to have less audit findings, but it invites corruption."
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