The Shelby County Commission voted to override the Mayor's veto and put a sales tax increase before the voters in November. In the process, they have upset both city and suburban leaders. It took 8 votes to override the veto.
The commissioners in favor of the sales tax issue want to put it before the voters to raise money for the new unified schools. The new system will at least double in population and already has a deficit of 57 million dollars as projected by the Transition Planning Commission. So, a county wide sales tax would be an alternative to a property tax hike.
But, the suburbs already voted to raise the sales tax to pay for municipal schools and the suburban county commissioners called today's move a direct move to make municipal schools harder to form.
Another thing to note, since the suburbs already voted on raising the sales tax, they won't get to vote again. Only Memphis, Millington, and unincorporated voters will get a say in the county wide tax increase.
If the referendum passes, the suburbs would only get half the revenue they were expecting from the sales tax and will likely have to raise property taxes to pay for municipal schools.