Plan for public funding of taxi cabs spurs Chattanooga City Hall fight
City Council Chairman Yusuf Hakeem has threatened not to fund the city's Transportation Department because he said transportation officials were opposed to funneling money into a private taxi company.
But transportation officials question whether Hakeem's proposal to consider partnering with Millennium Taxi Cab for a city-wide voucher program violates the city's purchasing policy.
"I believe that naming a specific vendor on the front end of a policy discussion involving a significant financial expenditure may be a violation of purchasing policies and therefore I respectfully decline this meeting," Transportation Director Blythe Bailey wrote to Hakeem in an email.
Last week, Hakeem sent an email inviting Blythe to meet with Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority, (CARTA), the City Council and Millennium Taxi cab owner Tim Duckett to talk about a proposal to partner with Millennium, calling the proposal a "win-win" for all involved. No other taxi services in Chattanooga were invited to the meeting.
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