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Proposal could leave muni districts without SCS board commissioner

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The proposed maps carve the six municipalities out of the school district, leaving them without a Shelby County School Board commissioner. The proposed maps carve the six municipalities out of the school district, leaving them without a Shelby County School Board commissioner.
Commissioner Mark Billingsley says parents at several schools will pay taxes for children outside their district. Commissioner Mark Billingsley says parents at several schools will pay taxes for children outside their district.
(WMC-TV) - Proposals to redistrict Shelby County Schools have commissioners tiffing over taxes.

The proposed maps carve the six municipalities out of the school district, leaving them without a Shelby County School Board commissioner. Commissioner Mark Billingsley says parents at several schools will pay taxes for children outside their district.

"Their parents are paying taxes, but they have no representation," said Billingsley. "Germantown Middle, Germantown Elementary or Germantown High School. That's unacceptable. If you have a child in Cordova that attends one of those three Germantown flagship schools, again, you don't have a representative."

Commissioner Steve Mulroy says the argument is unwarranted.
    
"Every person in Shelby County is represented and gets to vote in a school district. There are going to be some people who vote in one of them even though their children go to school in another, but that's always been the case," said Mulroy.

Before the school merger, Memphis residents paid taxes for schools outside their district. But Billinglsley says that was a different scenario because Memphis City Schools was a special school district.

Mulroy calls that argument a technicality.

"We could easily say the same thing, well it doesn't count because it's a municipal school district," noted Mulroy.

The commission deferred a vote on the matter to do more research. Meanwhile, the argument will not go away anytime soon.

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