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What Will Happen to Arriola's Personalized Signs?

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by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The news that Davidson County Clerk John Arriola is resigning has many wondering what will happen to all the signs around the area featuring his name.

Arriola spent $34,027 of taxpayer money to create the personalized signs that were featured inside and out of every county clerk office.  It was a decision he said connected a name to the position.

"I think it has been successful," said Arriola, "now people see here is the Davidson County Clerk."


Now all those signs will have to be removed or replaced.  Owners of several area sign stores estimate that process could cost at least $30,000.  They said the increasing costs of supplies, and the number of signs will add up.  They expect it will be a lengthy process.  Since many of the signs feature Arriola's name so prominently, the entire sign will have to be replaced.

The additional costs for taxpayers has the Spokesperson for Tennessee Tax Revolt angry.

"It is a complete waste of money," said Ben Cunningham, "we shouldn't have to pay for what is essentially free campaign advertising for county clerks."

Cunningham added he hopes new signs do not feature the name of the next Davidson County Clerk.

"I hope the policy will change," said Cunningham, "Davidson County needs to set an example that could be a precedent that changes other counties around Tennessee."

Jonathan Saad, director of external operations for the clerk's office, said the office has not determined when and how they will revise the signs. 

"I'm sure that an appropriate solution will be developed in the near future," said Saad.

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