VOL. 127 | NO. 197 | Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Goldin Overturns Millington Sales Tax Vote
By Bill Dries
The results of the Aug. 2 election on a Millington sales tax hike were changed Tuesday, Oct. 9, to show the tax hike for a municipal school district was approved by 12 votes instead of losing by three votes.
The court order by Chancellor Arnold Goldin came after attorneys for the city of Millington, who filed suit contesting the previous results, and the attorney for the Shelby County Election Commission agreed there was a “mathematical certainty” that the half-cent sales tax hike passed.
“There doesn’t seem to be any question about it,” Goldin said after both sides told him they agreed on the resolution of the dispute.
The summary judgment means there will be no re-vote on the Millington sales tax hike. It also means Millington voters – some of whom are already voting absentee and others who will still see the countywide sales tax hike ballot question on the early voting ballot – will not be eligible to vote on the countywide sales tax hike.
But they will not be included in the vote on the countywide sales tax hike because the court order and new vote total now show they approved their Millington sales tax hike.