$247 million — Annual Property Taxes

$100 million — Annual Sales Taxes

$347 million – Total Annual Property Taxes and Sales Taxes



$238.4 million — Memphis Police Department Budget

$160.8 million — Memphis Fire Department Budget

$399.2 million — Total Public Safety Budget


In other words, all – every dollar – of Memphis property taxes and sales taxes do not cover costs of police and fire divisions.  More to the point, it falls short by $52 million.  It is little wonder that the other city services and programs are underfunded.