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Category: Taxation

PILOT Talking Points Crowd Out Facts; Shelby County Should Stop Tax Breaks

Thumbnail: Despite the regular talking points about PILOTs, City Hall – in a bubble surrounded by people who benefit from the tax breaks – has no way of knowing if the tax breaks are justified.  If city mayors want to hand out PILOTs, Shelby County Government’s taxes should be exempt because they support safety net programs and education.

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The Drivers Of The County Budget: Houses, Kids and Tax Breaks

Thumbnail: The Shelby County budget process is a good time to remember taxes are high because of math, not management; that our community’s large number of children drives budgets; that it’s strange that $50 million in tax breaks are never mentioned in budget deliberations; and that comments about DeSoto County’s property tax rate are misleading.

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Elephants Forget, A Cartoon By Award-Winning Bill Day

by Bill Day. Memphian Bill Day is two-time winner of the RFK Journalism Award in Cartooning. His cartoons are syndicated internationally by Cagle Cartoons. Cartoons Archive →

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