Archive for the ‘Shelby County government’ Category

                EDGE pioneered in the transparency of corporate business incentives, and although it slipped very slightly in the latest ranking, it needs to give some pointers to the Downtown Memphis Commission. That’s the conclusion to be drawn from the latest report from Good Jobs First about economic development […]

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                  This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older, where this initially appeared.   By Jimmie Covington Shelby County’s […]

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                  The City of Memphis is in the throes of a budget process that will produce a proposed budget by the Strickland Administration in about 10 weeks, and just when officials thought it couldn’t get any harder, it now has the uncertainties connected to massive federal budget […]

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              We wrote 153 blog posts in 2016, and we always look back to see which subjects you had the most interest in.  Clearly, last year, that was parks, particularly the campaign to protect the greensward at Overton Park. The following are the 15 most-read blog posts of the […]

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                      In a region where incomes are too low, it’s self-destructive for the lack of effective regional public transit to contribute to the Memphis region spending $6.9 billion every year on  personal transportation. In fact, the Memphis region ranks #1 among the 51 largest MSAs […]

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                      The fix was in from the beginning. At least that’s the conclusion that could be easily drawn from the way that the Tennessee Valley Authority’s use of 1.3 billion gallons of our drinking water every year as cooling water in the Allen Combined Cycle […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | November 10th, 2016 12:53am CDT | No Comments

This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older, where this article first appeared. By Jimmie Covington Since at least 2007, county government officials have been holding back […]

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                      Here’s hoping Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will insist on smart tax policy by turning down Germantown’s request for a county PILOT for a corporation moving about 2,100 feet eastward on Poplar Avenue from the eastern edge of Memphis to the suburban city. A […]

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by (RSS) Shelby County government | October 11th, 2016 12:40am CDT | No Comments

            It is the 30th anniversary of the Shelby County Home Rule Charter, which, for three decades, has served county government well. The charter went into effect September 1, 1986, following its approval two years earlier by 64% of the voters after a charter commission, comprised of 11 citizens, carefully […]

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                    There are many special places and experiences unique to Memphis, but at the top of our list is the National Civil Rights Museum. I was present at the creation, developing the plan for city and county political support and funding and negotiating the contract with […]

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          Some years ago, before the current city and county mayors were in office, the separation of powers within local government blurred and it’s been difficult to put the genie back in the bottle ever since. The Shelby County Board of Commissioners are looking to muddy it even more with its […]

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                It was a night in early February in 2007 when our community’s pent-up energy behind a “green agenda” burst into the open. Inspired by the impact that was foreseen for Shelby Farms Park, organizers created a meeting to imagine even more boldly about how a network of […]

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by (RSS) Shelby County government, Taxation | August 3rd, 2016 12:35am CDT | 3 Comments

                This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older, where this article was published this month.   By Jimmie Covington […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | July 1st, 2016 12:05am CDT | 1 Comment

This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.   By Jimmie Covington The average daily attendance ratio declined just over one-half of a percent in Shelby County […]

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This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, educational, and demographic issues. He is now a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.  By Jimmie Covington The assessed value of property for tax purposes is up this year for all areas […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | May 31st, 2016 12:54am CDT | 5 Comments

                With apologies to Steely Dan, Pretzel Logic is the best way we know to describe the approach by some members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners anytime the budget of the Shelby County Schools appears on their agendas. They twist and turn the facts to fit […]

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                  Amount of Shelby County Taxes Waived The following are the yearly amounts of Shelby County taxes waived by EDGE (and before EDGE, the Memphis and Shelby County Industrial Board, Downtown Memphis Commission, the Memphis Health and Educational Facilities Board, the Shelby County Health Educational Facilities Board […]

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                The EDGE board and its president, Reid Dulberger, have shown admirable restraint in the face of special interests calling for them to expand the tax freeze program that is at the heart of Memphis and Shelby County’s business incentives. EDGE brought thoughtful evaluation to the frantic rush […]

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