Archive for the ‘Shelby County government’ Category

                      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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                      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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