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Commissioners approve tax hike for city residents

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Your tax rate will likely increase if you live in Memphis and Shelby County.

The Shelby County commissioners approved a first reading Monday.

Under this proposal, those who live in Memphis would get hit with an 8.5 percent increase. In the county 9.9 percent.

The bottom line for homeowners…those in Memphis would pay $15 extra per year for a $100,000 home and $30 per year for a 200,000 home.

Right now, the tax rate in Memphis is $4.02.

Before the tax rate proposal, the commission approved the operating budget.

But not without a heated debate.

Commissioner Heidi Shafer proposed $57 million in cuts to help avoid the tax rate increase.

But some said that would decimate county government, possibly slashing 870 positions and the proposal failed.

Shafer says the board is willing to ask tax payers to fork over more money but won't turn down a free lunch. A vote failed which would've eliminated lunches for commissioners on some meeting days.

Shafer says the move would've saved $7,500 and every penny counts.

 "To me it's just very symbolic of the fact that in government people always think there's more money to be had and that's a little bit of money isn't going to matter but it does, the little money we're taking from the taxpayer adds up to a lot over time," Shafer said.

 "My vote the last time around was basically for the employee I'm one of those guys that paid for his lunch for a year so I don't need nobody to give me anything but the key to it we gotta staff that needs to be here on a continuous basis they need to have some way to be fed," commissioner Sidney Chism said.

The second reading for the tax rate increase is in two weeks.

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