Knoxville, Tennessee

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Knoxville is a city in Tennessee and the county seat of Knox County. The 2010 census reported the population at 178,874, making it the third largest city. In 1786, Knoxville was the first capital of Tennessee and hosted the 1982 World’s Fair. Knoxville is home to the University of Tennessee and is home to the headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority.[1]

The good

  • The current budget is published[2] and previous budgets are available for the last three years[3]
  • The calendar of meetings[4] and meeting agendas[5] and minutes[6] are available and archived at least three years[7]
  • Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[8]
  • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[9]
  • Permit applications are available for download[10] and zoning ordinances are available[11]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years.[12]
  • Bids are posted[13]
  • A public records contact is available[14] and public records policies are available in a central location[15]
  • Tax revenues are available[16] and tax rates are published[17]

The bad

  • A list of employed lobbyists, memberships to lobbying organizations and associated fees are not available.
  • A complete list of awarded contracts is unavailable.

Elected Officials

Name Title
Nick Pavlis Vice Mayor
George Wallace At-Large Seat A
Marshall Star At-Large Seat B
Finbarr Saunders At-Large Seat C
Duane Grieve Second District
Brenda Palmer Third District
Nick Della Volpe Fourth District
Mark Campen Fifth District
Daniel Brown Sixth District


Administrative Officials

Name Title
Bill Lyons Chief Policy Officer
Eddie Mannis Chief Operating Officer
Angela Starke Communications Director
Thomas Strickland Community Relations Director
Charles Swanson Director of Law
Stan Sharp Fire Chief
David Rausch Chief of Police
Christi Branscom Public Works Director
Jim York Director of Finance

Budget

For FY2012, the proposed general fund budget is $180,562,500, up 4.87% from FY2011 ($72,177,970). Revenue from taxes accounts for 68.1% of total revenue and is expected to generate $148,582,450 worth of revenue in 2012.

Personal services accounts for 42.05% ($84,419,030), followed by other expenses (37.27%), capital (9.27%), debt service (5.62%), and supplies (5.31%).[18]

Stimulus

The city of Knoxville received $78,565,235.36 of federal stimulus money in 56 grants and 12 contracts.[19]

Local taxes

Revenue from taxes accounts for 68.1% of total revenue and is expected to generate $148,582,450 worth of revenue in 2012.

City In the News

  • In March 2012, Tennessee received a “C” in the State Integrity Investigation, a report that analyzes state governments’ accountability and risk for corruption. Even with the average grade, TN ranks #8 in the nation and is cited for establishing an ethics commission six years ago, although that commission has not yet issued a single ethics penalty and complaints are not made available to the public.[20]

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