Editorial Results (free)
1. Ballpark Deal Back on Council’s Agenda
- Monday, December 09, 2013
After getting a rough reception last week, the deal for the city of Memphis to buy AutoZone Park and the St. Louis Cardinals to buy the Memphis Redbirds baseball team returns to the Memphis City Council Monday, Dec. 9, for a vote.
2. Council Weighs Crosstown, AutoZone Park Deals
- Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Memphis City Council members could complete financing Tuesday, Dec. 3, of the Crosstown project. And there will be a move by some on the council to delay any decision on the proposal for the city to buy AutoZone Park.
3. Team Players
- Saturday, November 23, 2013
The key players, from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. to St. Louis Cardinals chairman and CEO Bill DeWitt Jr., grabbed the microphone at an invitation-only rally held on the club level of AutoZone Park and made their best pitches.
4. Tax Dead Dilemma
- Friday, November 15, 2013
The brick church at 299 Chelsea Ave. in North Memphis shows up in records at the Shelby County Assessor’s office as “vacant land.”
5. New Council Chairman Could Have New Rules
- Thursday, November 07, 2013
The new chairman of the Memphis City Council in 2014 could be overseeing the council under a different set of ground rules.
Jim Strickland was elected chairman by his fellow City Council members Tuesday, Nov. 5, to start his one-year term in January.
6. Council Keeps Southbrook Mall Renovation Alive
- Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Nov. 5, to start over again in plans to find a legal use for city funds in renovating the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.
And the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. gave a qualified endorsement through what amounts to a new feasibility study on the mall due before the council in a month.
7. Midtown Kroger Construction to Start
- Friday, October 25, 2013
With a few amendments by the Memphis-Shelby County Board of Adjustment Wednesday, Oct. 23, the new Midtown Kroger supermarket rolled out of the planning and zoning process and into preparation for demolition of the old Belvedere apartments building and construction of the new store.
8. Beale Street Deal Would Pay Handy Park Debt
- Thursday, October 17, 2013
The settlement of the last remaining item in the bankruptcy petition of Beale Street developer Performa Entertainment hasn’t gone by any of the scripts the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has written and rewritten.
9. City Council to Vote on Bonds, Review Land Swap
- Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Memphis City Council members this week take up $375 million in refunding bonds and general obligation bonds, and discuss a land swap with Church of the River for access to a boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River.
10. Overton Square Garage Opens
- Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Visitors to Overton Square know that parking has been at a premium recently, with side streets around the entertainment district filling up as quickly as the restaurants and shops there.
Parking at Overton Square should get much easier with the opening of its 451-space parking garage at the northeast corner of Monroe Avenue and Florence Street. The city-owned garage opened this weekend, and parking is free for the rest of October.
11. Crossing Local Party Lines Becoming Hazardous
- Monday, October 07, 2013
Call it fallout from the local Democratic executive committee’s censure last month of Shelby County Commission Chairman James Harvey.
12. City Pension Crisis Meets Sanitation Overhaul
- Thursday, October 03, 2013
The city’s looming pension liability crisis and the proposed solution to it intersected Tuesday, Oct. 1, with a plan to overhaul city sanitation services and, in the process, provide a pension supplement to sanitation workers.
13. Council Gives Early Approval to Solid Waste Fee
- Thursday, September 05, 2013
The Memphis City Council sent a proposed lease of Handy Park on Beale Street back to committee Tuesday, Sept. 3, for more discussion about the details.
And the council approved on the first of three readings a restoration of the city’s solid waste fee to $25.05 a month. But there were conflicting explanations about which part of an overhaul of sanitation services the restoration of the fee is supposed to fund.
14. Business Leaders Back Pre-K Initiative
- Wednesday, September 04, 2013
The Greater Memphis Chamber and members of the business community have come out in support of a half percent hike in the city sales tax rate to fund pre-kindergarten education for more than 4,500 4-year-olds in the city.
- Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The Greater Memphis Chamber will host a conversation with Bill Strickland, CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corp. and author of “Making the Impossible, Possible,” Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Strickland’s topic is “The Art of Leadership & The Business of Social Change.” Cost is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Visit memphischamber.com or call 543-3571.
- Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Playhouse on the Square will present a Great Wine Performances wine tasting and theater contest Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters from “Les Miserables” will serve 10 French wines and tests attendees’ knowledge of the musical for prizes. Cost is $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.
- Monday, August 19, 2013
Playhouse on the Square will present a Great Wine Performances wine tasting and theater contest Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Characters from “Les Miserables” will serve 10 French wines and tests attendees’ knowledge of the musical for prizes. Cost is $50 in advance or $65 at the door. Visit playhouseonthesquare.org.
18. Sales Tax Hike Goes to City Voters
- Thursday, August 08, 2013
For months, political forces have been gathering to make the case for a half percent hike in the city sales tax rate that would fund a city administered pre-kindergarten program.
But when the Memphis City Council approved on third and final reading Tuesday, Aug. 6, of the ordinance to put it on the ballot for city voters in October, the debate revealed a significant difference of opinion.
19. Council Debates Restoring MATA Service
- Tuesday, August 06, 2013
A day before the board of the Memphis Area Transit Authority votes on significant cuts in bus and trolley service, the Memphis City Council will review $2.1 million in capital spending for the authority.
20. Bumper Crop
- Saturday, July 13, 2013
Unless you see the signs, it is hard to tell when you have crossed the Tennessee-Mississippi state line where Fayette County, Tenn., meets Marshall County, Miss., not too far from the southern city limits of Collierville.
21. City Budget Debate Shifts to Larger Issues
- Monday, July 08, 2013
When city leaders gathered last week for the groundbreaking of renovation work on the James Lee House in Victorian Village, the talk among them was bound to turn to the city budget season’s recent end.
22. Eastward Bound
- Thursday, July 04, 2013
Another Memphis park may be getting a name change just as the controversy over three Confederate-themed parks starts to move again at City Hall.
But unlike the controversy surrounding those parks, there doesn’t appear to be any disagreement about the changes for Columbus Park, a tiny patch of land at Adams Avenue and Third Street.
- Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Memphis Area Legal Services, AutoZone Inc. and Bass, Berry & Sims PLC will hold the fifth annual pro bono legal clinic for Memphis-area seniors Tuesday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at Orange Mound Senior Center, 2590 Park Ave. The free clinic offers seniors legal advice and helps in the preparation of wills, advanced care plans and more. Call Linda Warren Seely at 523-8822.
24. Strickland, Conrad Warn of Budget Pitfalls
- Tuesday, July 02, 2013
When most of the 13 people on the Memphis City Council began their service in 2008, the city’s property tax rate was $3.43 and rolling back that rate was a priority of a voting majority on the body.
25. Council to Tackle Budget Leftovers
- Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Meeting for a third consecutive Tuesday, Memphis City Council members take up a few budget leftovers Tuesday, July 2, but also get to some items delayed because of the unusual budget deliberations.
- Saturday, June 29, 2013
The Cooper-Young Business Association will feature Standby for Mars as part of the Red Hot Summer concert series Wednesday, July 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the gazebo at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Cost is free. Visit cooperyoung.biz.
- Monday, July 01, 2013
Downtown Memphis Commission, Victorian Village Inc. and the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities will host a launch party for the James Lee House renovation Monday, July 1, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the house, 690 Adams Ave. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.
28. Property Tax Hike Highlights New City Budget
- Thursday, June 27, 2013
Memphis City Council members raised the city property tax rate Tuesday, June 26, by 4 cents above the recertified tax rate and put the rest of a turbulent budget season to rest.
The approval of the $3.40 property tax rate and city operating and capital budgets came in a council session that ended at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
29. Council to Take Final Votes on Budget
- Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The most critical vote at last week’s budget-dominated Memphis City Council meeting may have been the vote to adjourn leaving final budget decisions pending.
It left a week for all sides in the ongoing budget drama at City Hall a wealth of time by political standards to build support for their respective positions.
30. City Budget Woes Affect 400 Employees
- Thursday, June 20, 2013
The numbers at play so far in the Memphis City Council’s long budget season are big.
Council members tallied $24.4 million in city operating budget cuts Tuesday, June 18, in a marathon seven-hour session before an overflow crowd of angry city employees.
31. Council Approves $24.2 Million In Budget Cuts
- Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Memphis City Council members tallied $24.2 million in city operating budget cuts Tuesday, June 18, in a marathon seven-hour session before an overflow crowd of angry city employees.
But the council adjourned before taking a final vote on the operating budget as amended or setting a city property tax rate.
32. Strickland Pitches Budget Plan For Stable City Tax Rate
- Tuesday, June 18, 2013
City Council budget committee chairman Jim Strickland plans to make his case Tuesday, June 17, for a set of city budget cuts totaling $26.3 million that would keep the city property tax rate at its current rate of $3.11.
33. Next Goal for City Budget: Consensus
- Monday, June 10, 2013
For now, Memphis City Council members have more questions than consensus about which end is up on the proposed city budget for the fiscal year that is three weeks away.
Beyond the questions awaits a significant difference of opinion among council members about the general direction city finances should take with the new fiscal year and beyond.
34. Pre-Kindergarten Expansion in Funding Limbo
- Friday, June 07, 2013
The idea of a city sales tax hike to fund an expansion of pre-kindergarten classrooms in Memphis schools may have been buried this week.
It happened as the City Council fielded a proposal from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. for a 15-cent property tax hike on top of the 25-cent increase in the tax rate as the recertified city property tax rate.
35. Budget Reset Talks Lead to Fresh Drama
- Thursday, June 06, 2013
The Memphis City Hall budget drama turned from a budget reset into a political thicket Tuesday, June 4, as Memphis City Council members debated getting involved in the details of changing employee and retiree benefits.
36. Wharton Proposes 15-Cent Tax Hike, Council Delays Budget Votes
- Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Memphis City Council members delayed a series of seven budget and tax rate-related votes Tuesday, June 4, at the end of a busy day at City Hall.
The day featured a new tax rate proposal from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. that includes a 15-cent city property tax hike above the recertified rate proposed by Wharton.
37. Wharton Proposes 14-Cent Tax Hike Above Recertified Rate
- Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is proposing a 14-cent city property tax hike on top of the 25 cents added to the current rate of $3.11 to compensate for property value lost in the 2013 property reappraisal.
38. Critical State Report Remakes City Budget
- Wednesday, May 22, 2013
An April report from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury critical of city finances threw the budget season at City Hall into remake mode Tuesday, May 21.
The bottom line for the budget is a remediation plan that will increase the city’s long term debt, force the city to use its reserves, and take reserves below the 10 percent level considered key with bond-rating agencies.
39. Property Tax Complicates Sales Tax Considerations
- Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Whether it is a tax hike or a tax rate hike, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s proposed 28-cent increase in the city property tax rate has complicated the idea of a half-percent city sales tax hike to go on the ballot later this year if the property tax hike sticks.
40. Police Budget Passes Early Council Test
- Thursday, May 09, 2013
The Memphis City Council’s budget committee approved the largest budget for any single city division Tuesday, May 7.
But the committee debate before the vote set the stage for what is expected to be more discussion about how much the Memphis Police Department needs to protect and serve.
41. Beyond the Numbers
- Saturday, May 04, 2013
It’s that time of year again when thick budget books dominate life for those in the Memphis and Shelby County governments.
But this year’s budget season on both sides of the Civic Center Plaza is more than line items and bottom lines on paper. The deliberations that ultimately determine how much you will pay in property taxes and at what rate go beyond the plans in the books of estimates, projections and the recurring and one-time revenue sources.
42. Questions Kick Off City Budget Hearings
- Thursday, April 25, 2013
Memphis City Council members opened budget committee hearings Tuesday, April 23, on the clock and with lots of questions about what seemed to some like different budget numbers from last year at this time by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.
43. Severance Pay Ups Ante in Auto Inspections Stand-Off
- Monday, April 22, 2013
Some on the Memphis City Council weren’t certain Tuesday, April 16, about going ahead with a severance package for the city employees who now work at city-run auto inspection stations.
The council entered the budget season for the new fiscal year that begins July 1 just minutes earlier with Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s budget address.
44. Wharton Proposes 28-Cent Tax Hike
- Thursday, April 18, 2013
The way Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. views the city’s budget trajectory is shaped by a City Council with different fiscal ideas that have consequences the city is still paying for.
The way City Council budget Chairman Jim Strickland sees it, Wharton has proposed property tax hikes multiple times since taking office in 2009 instead of seeking to fundamentally change city government from the inside.
45. Wharton Pitches Budget With 28-Cent Property Tax Rate Hike
- Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. presented a $622.5 million operating budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 16, that would require a property tax rate increase of 28 cents.
That would bring the city property tax rate, currently at $3.11, to $3.39.
46. Council OKs Registry for Blighted Properties
- Thursday, April 04, 2013
For months, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and the Memphis City Council had delayed final votes on his proposal to require the registration of property to make it easier for the city to find the owners of blighted property.
47. Food Truck Alliance Grows With Rodeos
- Thursday, March 28, 2013
In 2011, the Memphis City Council passed a food truck ordinance drafted by council members Jim Strickland and Shea Flinn, which allowed self-contained mobile food preparation vehicles to operate in the city of Memphis.
48. Golfing Options
- Friday, March 22, 2013
Al Patton doesn’t expect the real golfers until the weather gets warmer, more consistent and past the spring showers.
Since the Links at Whitehaven, the city operated golf course at 750 E. Holmes Road, reopened March 1, Patton has seen the start of a normal cycle in golfers.
49. Dunavant Symposium Examines Public Service
- Friday, March 22, 2013
Saying there should be “good government” and there must be “ethical government” is easy.
Defining what those terms mean can be difficult especially for non-elected public administrators.
A new symposium connected to the annual Bobby Dunavant Public Service Awards aims to open a discussion about the issues of public service in practice.
50. State Delays Auto Inspection Takeover
- Thursday, March 07, 2013
The state of Tennessee has told the city of Memphis it will probably take two years for it to take over auto inspection duties in Shelby County.
But city funding for the auto inspection stations and employees runs out when the current fiscal year does, at the end of June.
51. Sales Tax Hike Headed to Ballot
- Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Memphis City Council members take final votes Tuesday, March 5, on a half-percent city sales tax hike referendum and the use of the estimated $47 million in revenue the tax hike will produce.
The council, which meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St., is expected to pass the referendum and send it to voters this year.
52. Respecting Time
- Friday, March 01, 2013
For Clyde “Kit” Carson, the road to becoming Shelby County Jury commissioner began when he was 16 years old and looking for as much time driving a car as possible.
Then-Circuit Court Clerk Clint Crabtree, who attended the same church as Carson, hired him to work in his campaign. When Carson turned 18, Crabtree hired him to work in the office. He began as a runner retrieving files from the basement of the Shelby County Courthouse.
53. Strickland, Carson Given Dunavant Honors
- Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland remembers putting on his tie in front of a mirror this month after learning he won the Bobby Dunavant Public Service Award.
54. City Council Approves Fairgrounds TDZ Request
- Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, Feb. 19, plans for a tourism development zone to capture sales tax revenue in a large area for a renovation of the Fairgrounds property at first.
The boundaries of the zone go to the state for approval and city Community and Housing Development division director Robert Lipscomb said such a proposal could be at the state building commission in Nashville in April.
55. Strickland, Carson Named Dunavant Award Winners
- Monday, February 11, 2013
Memphis City Council member Jim Strickland and Shelby County Jury Commissioner Clyde ‘Kit’ Carson have been named the winners of the 2013 Bobby Dunavant Public Service Awards.
56. Council Votes on Sales Tax Referendum
- Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Memphis City Council members take the first step toward a fall referendum on a citywide half percent sales tax hike Tuesday, Feb. 4, as they vote on the first of three readings of the referendum ordinance.
57. Sales Tax Referendum Shifts to Late Summer
- Thursday, January 24, 2013
A referendum on a half-percent city sales tax hike to fund a city pre-kindergarten expansion and roll back the city property tax rate by 20 cents would happen in August or September instead of May.
58. Council Preps for Late Summer Sales Tax Hike Referendum
- Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A referendum on a half percent city sales tax hike to fund a city pre kindergarten expansion and roll back the city property tax rate by 20 cents would happen in August or September instead of May.
59. Council to Discuss Pyramid Development
- Monday, January 21, 2013
Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Jan. 22, on the “Memphis Pyramid Planned Development” – the formal name for the conversion of The Pyramid to a Bass Pro Shops store with other attractions including a hotel.
60. Conrad, Flinn Pitch Cost-Saving Measures for City
- Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Memphis City Council member Kemp Conrad wants to explore selling city assets, including Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, and using the proceeds to establish a trust fund for early childhood education and other “wrap around” social services.
61. Blue CRUSH Cuts Point to Larger Divide
- Thursday, January 10, 2013
Crime numbers may be the most politically volatile set of statistics elected officials can debate or rely on.
The statistics mean little to someone who has been a crime victim. But they are a way of validating whether public money is being spent effectively. On the other hand, how crimes are counted always will be debated.
62. City Sales Tax Hike Proposal Resurfaces
- Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Two months after voters – most of them Memphians – rejected a countywide sales tax hike, there is a new proposal for a citywide sales tax hike to go on the ballot later this year in a special election.
63. City Sales Tax Hike Proposal Resurfaces
- Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Two months after voters – most of them Memphians -- rejected a countywide sales tax hike, there is a new proposal for a city-wide sales tax hike to go on the ballot later this year in a special election.
64. Ford Jr. Ready for Ascent to City Council Chairman
- Friday, December 28, 2012
If you didn’t know that Edmund Ford Jr. teaches mathematics, there would be clues.
He can almost sense a percentage that is wrong and he prefers not to “ballpark” numbers.
The precise numbers are part of the story of his entry into politics.
65. Heritage Trail Complexity a Concern
- Wednesday, December 26, 2012
As 2012 comes to an end, the most ambitious plan from City Hall for the revitalization of an inner-city area in 15 years of such projects has hit a critical stage.
The idea of a tax increment financing zone for a large swath of the area south of FedExForum as well as the Downtown area itself into South Memphis is being examined closely by Shelby County Commissioners before they commit county property tax revenues with the “Heritage Trail” zone.
66. Council Approves City Tax Collections By Trustee
- Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Shelby County Trustee’s office will collect property taxes for the city of Memphis under an interlocal agreement approved Tuesday, Dec. 18, by the Memphis City Council.
The agreement negotiated between Trustee David Lenoir and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. comes after several decades of attempts on both sides of the city-county governments divide at such an arrangement.
- Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Greater Memphis Chamber will hold its annual Chairman’s Luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Peabody, 149 Union Ave. Cost is $150 for chamber members and $200 for nonmembers. R.S.V.P. to Tunga Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 543-3571.
- Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Federal Bar Association will hold its annual membership meeting and 2013 board election Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 11:45 a.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 N. Second St. It will be followed by lunch and a one-hour continuing legal education presentation by Brian Faughnan at noon. Cost of lunch and CLE presentation is free for FBA members and $25 for nonmembers. Email email@example.com.
- Monday, December 10, 2012
The Memphis chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will host its annual holiday party Monday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Cost is $22. R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org or 752-6213.
- Saturday, December 08, 2012
LightWave Solar will host a lunch & learn titled “How Solar Can Work for Your Home or Business” Friday, Dec. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in the River Tower at South Bluffs clubhouse, 655 Riverside Drive. R.S.V.P. to Grace Robertson at email@example.com or 615-641-4050, ext. 104.
71. Council Reconsiders Golf Course Closings
- Thursday, December 06, 2012
Four city golf courses were scheduled to close for the winter season on Dec. 1, with one of the four – Whitehaven – to close permanently.
That was the decision the Memphis City Council made last spring as it set the city budget for the fiscal year that began July 1.
72. Ford to Lead City Council in 2013
- Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Memphis City Council member Edmund Ford Jr. will lead the council as chairman for 2013.
Ford was chosen by his council colleagues to be chairman for the coming year, and council member Jim Strickland was elected vice chairman.
73. City Council Considers Sales Tax Recall Options
- Wednesday, November 07, 2012
As voters in Memphis and unincorporated Shelby County were voting on a countywide sales tax increase Tuesday, Nov. 6, Memphis City Council members were pondering how to recall the sales tax hike should it pass.
74. Funding Cut Underscores Gov. Divide
- Thursday, August 23, 2012
Consider this the latest dust-up on the city-county government divide. Some Memphis City Council members who voted this week to end city funding for vehicle inspections at the end of June 2013 see the decision as one in a series of challenges to the long-held definition of what city government does and what county government does.
75. Council Approves Cut of City Funding For Vehicle Inspections
- Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Aug. 21, to end city funding for vehicle inspections at the end of June 2013.
The 10-2 council vote followed months of discussion among council members about Shelby County government or the state of Tennessee assuming responsibility for the car and truck inspections.
76. City Leaders Look to New Governing Plan
- Tuesday, August 21, 2012
When 10 of the 13 Memphis City Council members get together around a table it is usually in their committee room on the fifth floor of City Hall for their regular meetings.
But last week they gathered in Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s seventh-floor conference room at his request.
77. Council To Consider Gas Tax Increase
- Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Memphis City Council members vote Tuesday, Aug. 7, on the third and final reading of a proposed local gasoline tax that would go to Memphis voters on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St.
78. City Moves Closer to Cutting Auto Inspection Funding
- Thursday, July 19, 2012
Two weeks after the Memphis City Council approved an either/or change to auto inspections against the advice of the city administration, the council took another step as Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. embraced the earlier change.
79. Council Passes Sales Tax Hike Ballot Question
- Thursday, July 19, 2012
The pair of questions the Memphis City Council is considering for the Nov. 6 ballot is another chapter in the council’s nearly five-year debate about the size and role of city government.
The council Tuesday, July 17, approved on third and final reading the referendum ordinance that puts a half percent local option sales tax hike proposal to Memphis voters.
80. Council Sends Sales Tax Hike To November Ballot
- Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Memphis City Council members added a half percent local option sales tax hike proposal to the Nov. 6 ballot in Memphis at their Tuesday, July 17, meeting.
The council approved the referendum ordinance on third and final reading.
81. Voters Turn Out Early at Polls in Suburbs
- Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The first day of early voting in the suburbs in advance of the Aug. 2 election day saw a noticeable jump in voter turnout and some problems at polling places in Bartlett.
Voting opened Monday, July 16, at 20 satellite voting sites across Shelby County.
82. Strickland and Conrad Pitch South Cordova DeAnnexation
- Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Memphis City Council members Jim Strickland and Kemp Conrad want the city to consider the deannexation of the South Cordova area taken in by the city of Memphis earlier this month.
83. Sales Tax Ballot Question Part of Busy Council Day
- Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Memphis City Council members take a final vote Tuesday, July 17, on a Nov. 6 ballot question that would raise the local option sales tax rate in Memphis by half a percent.
The vote at Tuesday’s council session is on third and final reading of the referendum ordinance. Meanwhile, the council is scheduled to vote on the second of three readings of another referendum ordinance that would create a 1-cent-a-gallon local gasoline tax with revenues going to the Memphis Area Transit Authority.
84. Council Resolution Seeks to End Vehicle Inspection
- Monday, July 16, 2012
Two Memphis City Council members are sponsoring a resolution that would make this year the final one the city funds its vehicle inspection program and would start a process of working to transfer that program to Shelby County.
85. Council Resolution Seeks to End City Vehicle Inspection Program
- Friday, July 13, 2012
Two Memphis City Council members are sponsoring a resolution that would make this year the final year the city funds its vehicle inspection program and would start a process of working to transfer that program to Shelby County.
86. Wharton: ‘Everything is Coming Together’
- Monday, July 09, 2012
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. had to make a decision Monday, July 2: Get up before dawn and catch a flight to Atlanta or stick with a scheduled and extensive bus tour for newspaper editors and others of the three core city neighborhoods he has targeted in a small-business innovation effort.
87. Herenton Wants Juvenile System Charter School
- Friday, July 06, 2012
Former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton wants to open a charter school that draws its students from those youths in the custody or care of the Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court.
Herenton talked about the still forming proposal for a charter school under the name W.E.B. DuBois Academy this week as he returned to City Hall. He sought City Council support for a Memphis City Schools collaboration with charter school operators offered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. MCS leaders declined to participate last year.
88. Council Committee Mulls UDC Changes
- Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Memphis City Council members have worked out just about all of the questions about changes to the Unified Development Code.
The council takes up the set of proposed changes to the 18-month-old code Tuesday, July 3, at a 12:45 p.m. committee session.
89. Unified Development Code Meeting Slated for June 27
- Monday, June 18, 2012
A public meeting to discuss amendments to the Unified Development Code is slated for Wednesday, June 27, at Circuit Playhouse, 51 S. Cooper St., from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
90. City Budget Season Ends With Frustration
- Thursday, June 07, 2012
The year of the “gap budget” at City Hall felt and sounded a lot like the previous two budget years at City Hall.
The mayor and City Council were frustrated even as the budget deliberations came to an end with a lowered city property tax rate.
91. Overton Park Conservancy Meets Milestone With Dog Park
- Tuesday, June 05, 2012
The Overton Park Conservancy counted 150 dogs of all sizes for the formal opening Saturday, June 2, of the Overton Bark dog park and more humans than that, also of all shapes and sizes.
It is those holding the leashes that the conservancy hopes to hold the attention of through the first summer the park has been under the control of the nonprofit group. Since December, the conservancy has operated the park under a contract with the city of Memphis.
92. Council Looks to End Budget Season
- Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Memphis City Council members are likely to end their budget season Tuesday, June 5, with final votes on an operating budget ordinance as well as a tax rate ordinance.
But going into the week there was no single budget proposal or tax rate proposal that had the formal endorsement of a majority on the council.
93. Differences Remain on City Tax Rate
- Thursday, May 31, 2012
When the Memphis City Council’s budget committee gets together Tuesday, June 5, there probably will be agreement that the full council should not raise property taxes.
Instead, it should lower the property tax rate and should use more of the city’s $81 million reserve fund than Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration believes is prudent.
94. Council Weighs Three Tax Roll Back Proposals
- Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Three Memphis City Council members have presented plans that would roll back the city’s current property tax rate to varying degrees and come up with the city’s last mandatory funding to Memphis City Schools using differing combinations of one-time funds.
95. Council Looks at Four Budget Proposals
- Monday, May 28, 2012
The Memphis City Council begins talking seriously Tuesday, May 29, about at least four budget proposals already forwarded by individual council members and possibly more to be unveiled at a council budget committee session.
96. Citizens Express Budget Concerns
- Thursday, May 24, 2012
Memphis City Council members heard from and saw a lot of opponents of plans to close five Memphis public libraries Tuesday, May 22, during an hour and a half of comments from the public.
“I was going to suggest instead of cutting libraries that you improve them,” said Kaye Veazey.
- Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The Downtown Memphis Commission design review board will hold a special-called public meeting Wednesday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the DMC conference room, 114 N. Main St. DRB members and staff will discuss current drafts of the Downtown Memphis design guidelines and sign code.
98. In the Balance
- Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Memphis City Council members hope to wrap up budget committee hearings Tuesday, May 22, including a public comment period Tuesday evening at City Hall.
But with a third and final reading on budget and tax rate ordinances scheduled for the group’s first meeting in June, the council lacks a master plan for reworking the Wharton administration’s $628.3 million budget proposal.
99. Budget Talks Turn to MCS Funding Issue
- Monday, May 14, 2012
If the city of Memphis has one more fiscal year of funding Memphis City Schools, it could be one-time-only funding instead of raising the city property tax rate.
After several years of Memphis City Council members debating the use of one-time-only funding to cover continuing expenses in the city’s operating budget, the coming schools consolidation that begins in August 2013 has prompted some new scenarios.
100. Food Fare Event Set For Thursday in Court Square
- Thursday, May 10, 2012
The newly formed Memphis Food Truck Association will host a Food Truck Fare Thursday, May 10, at Downtown’s Court Square.
Participating vendors are Fuel Café, YoLo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato, Square Meal on Wheels, Memphis Munchies, Kona Ice, Revival Southern Food Co., Mark’s Grill, Healthy Delicious, Rockin’ Dough and Scooter’s.