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Sales tax referendum leaving municipal school districts concerned

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Right now there's a fight over the half-cent sales tax referendum on the Shelby County ballot and your vote.

Supporters said it would generate some $60 million and pay for Pre-K.

Opponents say there's not enough information to support the measure.

On Election night the municipal school districts are concerned, if the amendment passes the municipal school districts will have to find other funding.

In August, voters in six suburban municipalities approved their own sales tax hikes to pay for the creation of their own schools.

If Election Night's countywide sales tax passes - Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington lose that vote and Shelby County government will then decide how the sales tax money collected is spent.

The big issue here is even though those residents live in the county, the law would not allow the countywide sales tax referendum go on their ballot.

So they feel disenfranchised.

School Board Commissioner David Pickler said the municipalities may be forced to raise property taxes or redirect funds from municipal services.

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald told me there may be no remedy for the suburbs this time, but he will go to the state Legislature to push for a state law to prevent this from happening again.

Action News 5 will have those results as they come in live on television, online, and your smartphones.

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