Comptroller points warning to Jackson mayor over bitcoin fee choice, mayor responds


Jackson Metropolis Mayor Scott Conger believes there was a miscommunication between the town and the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Jason Mumpower after being despatched a cautionary be aware from Mumpower concerning Conger’s proposed bitcoin fee choice for metropolis workers.

Conger, who pitched the concept final yr, desires to permit metropolis workers to have the choice to take a payroll deduction and convert the cash to cryptocurrency via a third-party platform.

The letter got here on the heels of a latest interview with the New York Instances concerning Conger’s plan, stating that the comptroller’s workplace was “presently unaware of a provision within the legislation that authorizes the Metropolis to straight pay its workers or contractors in cryptocurrency.”

Mumpower said that “such direct funds might run afoul of the Honest Labor Requirements Act and different state wage legal guidelines.”

Jackson Mayor Scott Conger speaks throughout a Madison County bicentennial celebration at The Ned in Jackson on Nov. 13, 2021.

Conger believes an inquiry by a New York Instances reporter triggered the letter via a miscommunication.

“I didn’t speak to Mumpower particularly (after I initially proposed the concept),” Conger mentioned. “It was somebody in his workplace, and in order that was six or seven months in the past.”

Conger emphasised that the town was by no means desiring to straight pay its workers in cryptocurrency — solely supply the choice.

“We’ve been very clear that it’s a third-party platform,” he mentioned in a digital press convention. “It precisely mimics what our present payroll deduction for deferred compensation appears to be like like. So I feel it’s a terrific alternative for us as a metropolis to maneuver the dialog ahead — not simply on this one occasion of cryptocurrency funds, however how we will have a look at the massive image and set our objectives excessive as to what we would like Jackson to appear like in 10 years.”

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Extra: Metropolis workers might see cryptocurrency payroll conversion choices subsequent yr, first in nation

Mumpower alluded to the quickly altering panorama of cryptocurrency in his letter, saying that based mostly on “important fluctuation within the cryptocurrency market in latest days,” his workplace would “due to this fact urge you to recollect your fiduciary accountability to the residents and to manipulate accordingly as you make such selections sooner or later.”

Conger addressed Mumpower’s concern concerning the fluctuating market.

“I feel folks get misplaced within the trivia of it,” he mentioned. “We speak about cryptocurrency and bitcoin, and there’s lots of brief term-volatility. Should you zoom out since its inception, although, it’s up nearly 273,000 p.c. That’s a fairly good proportion.

“This (form of asset) places us on the identical stage as Miami, New York, San Francisco…these are fairly nice cities to be in firm with after we’re speaking about recruiting the following era.”

Conger is taking the letter as a “nice alternative” to “forge a path.”

“What this has finished has created a terrific alternative for us,” he mentioned. “A number of states have handed statewide laws on bitcoin and cryptocurrency, so with our authorities relations individual, we’re engaged on organising conferences subsequent month with the comptroller, with the lawyer normal, with the commissioner of finance, governor’s workplace workers and a few legislators to speak about state-wide, over-arching laws.”

Pioneering this laws will permit Jackson to satisfy the long run wants of the rising space, based on Conger.

“For me, cryptocurrency isn’t the one factor we’re ,” he mentioned. “How will we begin attracting extra folks which might be on the lookout for that twenty first century economic system — these tech corporations, entrepreneurs, small enterprise house owners? We don’t need to put all of our eggs in a single basket. We need to diversify how we appeal to folks to Jackson. It is a technique to do it.”

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The Request for Buy settlement is ready to shut on Feb. 9, permitting the town to maneuver ahead with a third-party cryptocurrency

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