On February 24, 2011 Mark Padgett (2011 Knoxville mayoral candidate) contacted Chairman Bill Lyons and Mayor Daniel Brown to voice his concerns on making all Pension Task Force meetings open to the public.
On February 28, 2011 Padgett publically announced that there's been a community outcry but the city of Knoxville has yet to reverse its decision to make some meetings private. "Chairman Lyons and Mayor Brown are dedicated public servants who are committed to fixing the rising costs of pensions, but the time for waiting is over."
Concerned with public trust and confidence Padgett continues by saying there's 9 million dollars of taxpayer money at stake and that number is going to rise to 30 million by 2019. Exactly how the City of Knoxville is going to deal with this rising cost is a major concern to every tax-paying Knoxville citizen.
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