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County tax rate increase to be discussed Monday

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Shelby County is still $10 million in the red, according to County Mayor Mark Luttrell and his administration. Luttrell says a tax rate increase of 36 cents will help avoid drastic staff and services cuts.

But commissioners are still deadlocked on the decision following Thursday's meeting. They hope to move past their impasse about it during Monday's meeting.

What is on the table is increasing the Shelby County tax rate nearly nine-percent, taking it from the current $4.02 to $4.38.

On Thursday, Commissioner Melvin Burgess said he does not know why the tax increase is even a discussion point. According to him, the county budget of $375 million was already approved in early June with the increased tax rate of $4.38.

FOX 13 was able to catch up with Commissioner Terry Roland - who is strongly opposed to the tax rate increase - on Sunday.

"When that 385 corridor gets done you can be downtown in 30 minutes, so we're working against these other counties, too. Our tax rate's going to be a huge draw or deterrent," says Roland.

He proposed cutting in the county attorney's office and the unified school budget. Roland says, regarding cutting the unified school budget, "They've got $11 million already plugged and then saying let's get revenue neutral. That's wrong. That's not telling the people right. I am willing to work with them, but they got to be honest with me."

The Shelby County Commission will meet on Monday at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the tax rate again.

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