Bankston Says Whiskey Production In Chattanooga Won't Fly On Economic Argument; Explains Position On Setting Commission Pay

Sunday, November 25, 2012
Chester Bankston
Chester Bankston

County Commissioner Chester Bankston said he does not go along with the argument that whiskey production should be allowed in Hamilton County in order to give the economy a boost.

He said, "If they say it's going to help the economy, they're wrong. If you look at the 10 jobs and compare it to the indigent costs caused by alcohol at places like CADAS and Erlanger, there's no comparison.

"That costs the taxpayers millions of dollars."

He added, "If the only argument is for the economy, then we shouldn't be doing it."

Commissioner Bankston said he won't sign a letter urging the local legislative delegation to include Hamilton County among the counties where whiskey can be produced.

At last count, there were five of the needed six signatures on the letter.

But Commissioner Bankston said he did sign a letter that would allow members of the County Commission to set their own salaries.

He said he did so because the way it stands now every time county employees get a raise, the commissioners and the county mayor get one too.

"There are times when the employees need a raise and the commissioners and county mayor should not get one. The way it is now, it's automatic," he said.

He added, "I didn't sign it so I could give myself a raise."

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