After several years of concerned citizens telling the Blount County Commission that it needs to cut spending, they still don't. Mayor Mitchell has taken a 12.8% decrease in pay (but still makes over $100,000/yr) but it's a nice gesture. He's asked that all other departments do the same. Every month since the new, all-Republican commission has been in charge, we have seen budget increases. What makes us think they'll finally start listening?