Cole Ebel is a candidate for carthage city council
Cole Ebel is a resident of Carthage, Tennessee. He is the proprietor and owner of Ebel’s Tavern, a full service 5-Star restaurant located in downtown on the square. Ebel is a combat veteran who served in the United States Army for 8 years and is proud to call Carthage home. Ebel has been married to his beautiful wife, Erika, for 14 years and together they have 3 children. Ebel works several statewide and national positions advocating for individual liberties. In his spare time he enjoys fishing on the Caney Fork River, and speaking with local residents and visitors in his tavern. Ebel attends Carthage Full Gospel Church on First Avenue.
Cole on the Issues
Our local government must be more transparent about issues that affect not only the community, but the taxpayer’s wallet. New building projects, grants and drastic building code changes should be shared openly with the community, not spring up suddenly. Projects should be out in the open and companies allowed to openly bid on the projects, without special favors between government officials and their close friends. The community should have more of a voice in these decisions before they are made, not hear about them afterwards.
Encourage Small Business Growth
For too long, our community has focused on bringing in larger, outside corporations instead of promoting local, small businesses. Our highways have been diverted to support traffic flow away from our beautiful town to serve the interests of outside politicians, killing our downtown. Our building codes are too restrictive for any small businesses to successfully open and stay open. Incentives are given to big industry and large commercial zoning while ignoring the businesses that built this town. We need to focus on residents and businesses that will invest back into our local community. The majority of revenue comes from sales tax, not payroll taxes. Creating an environment where people work, live and play will create a larger revenue base for our city.
The opioid crisis continues to ravage Carthage, creating issues not only in the workplace, but in the family. Treating these addictions criminally has not worked, but has only fueled the prison industry and created criminals out of people who are suffering. Treating this crisis medically and holding people, not drugs, responsible for actions is the only way to fight this crisis effectively. Continuing to work with local anti-drug coalitions and the police department on alternative solutions to the crisis will not only save taxpayer dollars, but will be effective in treating those we love most.
Less Government, More Freedom
The government interferes in our lives too much. Whether through restrictive building codes, permitting, or high property taxes, it just seems to get in the way at every turn. We need to build our community as volunteers and create a free market environment that encourages our residents to open more businesses and shop more locally.
Ending restrictive building codes, lowering or abolishing special permits and lowering property tax will encourage growth and local business expenditures. We need more freedom to do as we choose. We don't need to be asking the government for permission to live as free individuals.
Our local government has a history of putting wants before needs. We need to reverse this policy and soon. Needs come first, always. If we place a priority on needs, our infrastructure will not suffer and the things we want will eventually come. We need to put the horse before the cart and fix the issues that matter. We need to spend taxpayer money more frugally than our own and not pass the bill down to future generations. If we have tax surplus, we are being taxed too high. That money belongs to the taxpayer and every penny should be accounted for a need and never a want. If our community has a want, it can always be funded privately without government strings attached.
Our community needs to work together on issues, especially contentious ones. We are all neighbors, we all have a voice and should use this voice in a positive manner. We should do more together as volunteers, whether through a community event or a local project. We should always look out for each other and practice true southern hospitality. A community that is involved is a community that is strong. A community that is involved does not need a strong local government, an involved community can work its own issues out without outside interference.
No Taxation Without Representation
Dozens upon dozens of business owners who have held businesses in this city for decades still do not have a voice in local government. If a business is located inside the city and pays local taxes, the individual who owns the business should have a voice, since they do, in fact, pay property tax. Our country was founded upon the principles of No Taxation Without Representation, yet it is practiced right here, in our city. We should give local businesses a voice in decisions. Much of the tax revenue comes from these local business owners and they are proud to have located their business within our fine city.