Last Tuesday, the Chattanooga City Council approved $19,800 in funding for a social and equity study to be done by University of Tennessee at Chattanooga professor Dr. Marcus Mauldin.
The study was initially requested by Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrad, who stated that it would allow them to analyze “disparities” in the city.
According to Councilwoman Carol Berz, the approval was given on the contingency that the council would be given a framework of exactly what would be involved in the study.
Mauldin stated that the study would include 4-6 months of the students gathering data and analyzing it. At the conclusion of this, policy recommendations would be made to the council to aid in future decision making.