Archive for the ‘Shelby County government’ Category

by (RSS) Shelby County government | September 20th, 2017 7:30am CDT | No Comments

                    We live in strange times. Shelby County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Heidi Shafer says her government may sue City of Memphis for its new policy that eliminates sewer extensions in the unincorporated area of the county. First, we’re not sure why she thinks county government […]

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                  Graceland officials say that their new proposed 6,000-seat arena will not pull events and concerts away from FedExForum, but that only hints at the biggest question of all: does the new arena threaten Memphis and Shelby County’s non-compete agreement with the Grizzlies-operated arena? It is in […]

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                    If only Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland had been in office 35 years ago. Perhaps, he would not have signed the agreement that supercharged the sprawl that took Shelby County Government to the verge of bankruptcy and in the end dealt a blow to City of […]

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                    It is an article of faith by many that handing out tax freezes conclusively sends a message that Memphis is a pro-business community. We think it does just the opposite. It says to the rest of the country that Memphis is not worth investing in […]

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                  Ten years ago, the budget hearings in Shelby County Government had become heated with both superintendents of the two school districts of the day complaining that a change in the decades-old way that education was funded would result in less money for operations and plunge the […]

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                        There is a lottery in Shelby County every day for an average of 37 people. The winners get a head start to more education, higher income, better health, and less lifetime stress. The others get the odds stacked against them and face obstacles […]

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                  By Jimmie Covington Shelby County’s assessed value of property for tax purposes this year – which includes reappraisal figures – is up almost $2.1 billion from last year, certified tax roll figures released April 20 by the County Assessor’s Office show. Countywide, the increase is 12.4 […]

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                      Build it and they will come. That seemed to be the prevailing attitude at the EDGE meeting where apartment developers were added to the list of beneficiaries for city and county tax waivers. As happens at so many similar meetings in our community, millennials […]

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                    Back in 1976 when Shelby County Government was restructured, it got more than a mayor. It also got a culture of competition and rivalry between the newly modernized county government and its City of Memphis counterpart across Main Street. Memphis had voted in 1963 to […]

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                  City of Memphis Government Expenditures – Operating Budget 2018 – $668,680,951 (proposed) 2017 – $674,457,724 (forecast) 2016 – $639,340,543 2015 – $616,556, 191 2014 – $616,419,108 2013 – $641,421,832 2012 – $643,640,097 2011 – $656,784,561 2010 – $627,895,199   Shelby County Government Expenditures 2018 – $1,249,509,805 […]

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                It is curious how exorcised we can get when Mississippi picks off a Memphis business for its economic benefit but how mute we remain when a Shelby County town like Collierville or Germantown does it. The difference between the companies being picked off is stark: the companies […]

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                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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