|Mayor Madeline Rogero presents 2013-14 city budget|
With Mead's Quarry Lake at Ijams as a backdrop, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero presented her city budget for the upcoming fiscal year: 2013-2014.
An azure blue sky overhead greeting visitors to the noon luncheon, but a voluminous white tent had been assembled to protect the 500 to 800 invited guests just in case.
Paul James, executive director of Ijams Nature Center, made a few opening remarks and then Mayor Rogero presented her proposed no-property-tax-increase budget which did include a 2.5 salary increase to city employees and more monies allocated to restore blighted proprieties.
For a more detailed story of Mayor Rogero budget, go to: knoxnews or a complete transcript, go to Mayor's speech for the knoxnews photo gallery, go to: photos.
To celebrate the event and draw attention to the recreational aspects of the quarry, Ijams own Sarah Brobst rappelled (yes, rappelled) down the cliff face on the west side of the lake.
Excellent job by all!
- Story by Stephen Lyn Bales. Photos by he and Daniel Lassman.
|Guests at Mayor's luncheon|
|Mayor Rogero answers media questions beforehand|
|Ijams staff welcomes visitors|
|Ijams Executive Director Paul James and Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis|