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County property tax hike proposal fires up commissioners, homeowners

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One after another, 15 concerned citizens lined up to voice opposition to a proposal that would raise the county tax rate. One after another, 15 concerned citizens lined up to voice opposition to a proposal that would raise the county tax rate.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - There was a heated debate at the Shelby County Commission meeting Monday, but it was not just commissioners involved in the discussion. Homeowners were there, too.

The proposed ordinance at the center of the debate would raise the county property tax rate from 4.02 to 4.38. It did not get seven votes Monday, but it did get everyone in the county commission chambers fired up.

One after another, 15 concerned citizens lined up to voice opposition to a proposal that would raise the county tax rate.

"I don't want to see us supporting Memphis. They done it to themselves. We don't need to help them," said Lawrence Pierotti, who lives in Shelby COunty.

"It's time we said we've had enough. You pay for your own stuff. I need to live here," said Collierville resident Emily Irvin.

"If it passes, you'll run me out of business. I won't have a job anymore," added business owner Arthur Everitt.

Five concerned citizens stood up to request that the proposal pass.

"Tax increase. Vote for our children, not for ourselves," said Nico Sharkey, Stand for Children. "If it's all about the children, let's support public education in the midst of all transition all circumstances."

"I pay both a city and county tax. And everybody should pay their fair share to make sure that this thing goes through. Thank you," agreed Jessie K. Jeff of Memphis.

And one after another, five commissioners voiced opposition.

"Why do we have to give them $20 million if they're gonna save $15 to $18 million on not paying the teachers," said Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland.

"So if it's bad for the people, it's bad for the county, it's bad for the schools," said Commissioner Wyatt Bunker.

Six commissioners voiced support for the proposal.

"The train left the station. Now we have to pay for it," said Commissioner James Harvey.

"Over two-thirds of homeowners will still end up paying less actual dollars in property tax," said Commissioner Steve Mulroy.

And while technically the tax rate did not pass second reading, it did not completely fail either. That is because it was only the second reading. The third and final reading, the vote that counts, is scheduled for July 8.

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