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Monday, October 29, 2018 6:26 PM

Ben Ferguson Discusses Germantown Election

Ben Ferguson once again discussed the Germantown election on his October 26th radio show. In this clip, he discusses accusations that he is being "paid" to bring up Germantown issues on his show as well as the "lies" being told to Germantown citizens regarding tax increases and apartment development. Please take the time to listen and share!


Tuesday, October 23, 2018 10:30 AM

Latest Candidate Financial Disclosures Posted for Review

Wake up Germantown! The link below provides a great summary and access to the latest campaign financial disclosures for all candidates in the Germantown municipal election. It is very enlightening to review the source of campaign contributions for candidates Palazzolo, Gibson, and White - which includes many prominent builders, developers, and real estate professionals. Follow the money! Many thanks to the "Shining a Light on Germantown" website for compiling and providing access to this critical info.

LINK: http://www.shiningalightongermantown.com/2018/10/latest-candidate-financial-disclosures.html?m=1


Thursday, October 18, 2018 8:42 PM

Ben Ferguson Show: Corruption in Germantown Government

Here is a clip from “The Ben Ferguson Show” discussing local Germantown politics on October 17, 2018. Very important! Please take the time to listen and SHARE!


Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:10 AM

Apartment Letter from Mayor Palazzolo

We received this in the mail Saturday. How can Mayor Palazzolo make the claim and mail this out? Ahh “Homegrown living” Thornwood has 278 APARTMENTS, and a moratorium would not be necessary if it were not for the rampant APARTMENT plans.

https://thornwoodgermantown.com/live


Saturday, October 6, 2018 12:59 PM

Team Germantown: Barzizza, Sanders, & Brown

Teamwork! Holding the line on taxes, preserving the unique character of Germantown, and stopping unchecked urbanization! John Barzizza for Mayor, Scott Sanders for Alderman Position 1, and Jeff Brown for Alderman Position 2: the prescription we need for a healthy Germantown! Vote Barzizza, Sanders, and Brown on November 6th! #TeamGermantown #WakeUpGermantown


Sunday, September 9, 2018 8:10 PM

Property Tax Increase Explained

Your property taxes HAVE gone up 44% in the last 4 years!

Tax Rate Increase Explained:
Property tax rate went from 1.485 to 1.93 in 2014 (.445 increase)

BMA minutes June 24, 2013
Ordinance 2013-2 - FY14 Budget Ordinance – Third and Final Reading

https://www.germantown-tn.gov/home/showdocument?id=12489

The tax rate was recertified by the state to 1.76 in 2017 to adjust for rising home prices. Property tax was raised then from 1.76 to 1.97, for a .21 increase

BMA minutes June 24th 2017
Ordinance 2017-01 Ordinance to Adopt the FY2018 Budget – Third and Final Reading

https://www.germantown-tn.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=18827

Important to understand the State requires that cities do an adjustment to the property tax rate so that the revenue remains neutral compared to previous years after an appraisal has occurred. This happened in 2017 requiring a rollback from 1.93 to 1.76. Since property VALUES had risen so much if the rate were left at 1.93 then the net taxes to the homeowner would have been much greater than needed to arrive at the same revenue. The city is free to increase their rate if they wish on the new rate which is what occurred in 2017.

The bottom line is this. YOUR taxes have gone up 44.1%; since 2013

0.445 + 0.21=.655
0.655/1.485 x 100 = 44%

Look at your own bill from 2013 to now! Mike Palazzolo was an Alderman in 2013 and voted for the increase and then was Mayor during the 2nd increase. My opponent also voted for the increase in 2017.


Thursday, September 6, 2018 8:14 PM

Meet and Greet with Bill Lee

It was great to meet our future Governor, Republican Bill Lee. He was a great speaker and spoke about leadership from a Christian perspective. Thank you to the Republican Women of Purpose for hosting him.


Friday, July 27, 2018 9:15 AM

Developments in Germantown

I highly recommend reviewing this site:

Www.developmentsingermantown.com

A lot of helpful information about all the development that I fear will change the character of Germantown. Please like/share/invite people to this post and my page in general if you have not already.

Jeff Brown for Germantown.


Thursday, July 12, 2018 2:47 PM

Smart growth model city in debt

This article states total debt of Carmel, Indiana’s debt is between $880Million and $1.2 Billion.....does not seem smart to me.


Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:58 AM

Smart Growth model city in deep debt

The city Carmel, Indiana was the model city for smart growth. They have accumlated $300 MILLION dollars in debt in the last three years and their bond rating has been decreased.  Does that sound “smart” to you?

 

 


Sunday, July 1, 2018 12:08 PM

Cordova triangle rezoning

Please sign and share


Thursday, June 28, 2018 9:53 AM

Rezoning Cordova Triangle

This is really important for us to pay attention to. I am desperate to see our way of life preserved. I want us to stay the suburbs. Citizen protest has forced a discussion of rezoning Cordova triangle back to residential. This area is across from Thornwood and the GPAC. The planning commission is discussing this on July 10th. We need to pay attention.


Friday, June 15, 2018 5:31 PM

Cordova Triangle Rezoning

Better show up in force to support getting this changed back to residential.

The cordova triangle is being discussed as being changed back from T4 (which allows 5 story buildings and apartments) back to residential.

https://www.germantown-tn.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=21104


Tuesday, June 5, 2018 12:52 PM

Help Houston High!!

I am trying to get the word out: An anonymous donor has pledged $1M for a new field house and fine arts improvement at Houston High School. Conditions of the donation include the City donating $1M, GMSD $1M. The Houston High School Booster Club has been tasked with raising another $1M. They have until July 1st to raise the remaining $650k. I just saw the Groovin, Grillin and Chillin thing set up in the park and I thought: “It might make sense for us to do some kind of festival like that to raise money for the cause...You can buy bricks with your name on them in the meantime! I would hate for us to leave this kind of money on the table. Here is a link to donate.

https://helphoustonhigh.givingfuel.com/helphouston


Saturday, June 2, 2018 9:06 PM

https://www.facebook.com/suzanneforschools/posts/2099562943634651

Joint meeting to BMA and school board will not be recorded. WHY??


Saturday, June 2, 2018 9:53 AM

GMSD school zones

The vote on this is coming up soon, June 18th. I believe


Friday, June 1, 2018 5:19 PM

Notes from GMSD Anti-Bullying Meeting

Jeff attended the Anti-Bullying meeting held by the Germantown Municipal School District on Wednesday, May 30th. Here are his notes, comments, and feedback regarding the meeting.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018 9:31 AM

Bully session

Important meeting. If you have questions about how the school handles bullying you should attend. I will be there!


Friday, May 25, 2018 12:43 PM

School board


Tuesday, May 22, 2018 10:38 AM

GERMANTOWN RESTAURANT FOCUS GROUP

This is a great article on bringing a small business to a town. I like most of what it has to say.

I have a group of individuals forming that would like to see more high end and fast casual restaurants brought to Germantown. And as I have said before we need careful, prudent planning in regards to our city. Restaurants bring tax dollars, provide entertainment and wonderful  experiences for our citizens. The revenue they bring reduces the taxes YOU have to pay. So many of us drive into midtown or East Memphis for our entertainment and dining experience when what we really want is to stay in Germantown and keep the business here.  I would love to see a project like Brookhaven circle brought to Germantown and am in the process of talking with high end restaurant owners in the Memphis area to bring their establishments HERE! See my post in the Germantown bulletin board on Facebook

I welcome citizen input on this...or better still join the effort!


Thursday, May 17, 2018 4:51 PM

http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2017-03-01-Millennials-Buying-in-the-Suburbs

Great article which shows the trend that Millennials as the largest home buying market are SKIPPING starter homes and go for HOUSES, and higher end ones at that. Median price of $217,000. 


Thursday, September 21, 2017 12:00 AM

Germantown to open $4 million outdoor concert facility with The Grove at GPAC

The city of Germantown and the Germantown Performing Arts Center will construct a new $4 million concert and events facility called The Grove at GPAC.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017 12:00 AM

https://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/second-wave-suburbanization/?utm_source=newsletter

Long read. Several articles. Synopsis: Millennials are the largest home buying market EVER. They are having families and learning its difficult and expensive to raise them in a city. Millennials Waited longer to have families and are more established. Therefore they are moving BACK to the suburbs and skipping apartments and traditional starter homes. 


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