A chancellory court judge has overturned the results of the Aug. 2 sales tax referendum in Millington. Originally the measure failed by just two votes.
For Millington, this was just another hurdle to cross on the way to its own school system. Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland, who's district is Millington, says the city is still on schedule.
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After the Aug. 2 referendum, the Shelby County Election Commission said that Millington had passed the referendum on municipal schools, but not the half-cent sales tax increase to fund the schools, and it fell short of just two votes.
But Millington sued and the evidence showed that residents who lived in unincorporated areas voted when they should not have.
Commissioner Roland says this court battle did not set Millington back and voters will elect a school board on Nov. 6 in the general election. He will concentrate on a campaign against a county-wide sales tax increase that would cut into revenue for the suburbs' school systems.
"We've got to get our brothers and sisters out in the unincorporated areas to vote against a county-wide sales tax," he said. "I see where Commissioner (Mike) Ritz and (Memphis Mayor A C) Wharton has teamed up, and that smells of back door politics right there."
Only Memphis and unincorporated voters get a say in the county-wide sales tax because the other municipalities already approved it for their respective cities.
If the county-wide sales tax increase passes Nov. 6, that takes away about half the money for the suburban schools and could result in property tax increases.