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VOL. 128 | NO. 64 | Tuesday, April 2, 2013

City Council to Vote on Property Registration Ordinance

By Bill Dries

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Memphis City Council members take up third and final reading Tuesday, April 2, of an ordinance that requires registration and a fee for owners of property within the city.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St.

Council votes on the property registration requirements have been delayed since late last year reflecting opposition among some property owners.

Memphis City Council members take a final vote Tuesday on a property registration ordinance that is intended to fight blight like this house on Kansas Street in South Memphis.

(Daily News File Photo: Lance Murphey)

The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is pursuing the requirements as an anti-blight measure that will make it easier to find the owners of vacant and neglected properties as well as such properties that are entangled in the foreclosure process.

Also back on the council agenda after several delays is third and final reading of the referendum ordinance that would put the question of a half percent citywide sales tax hike to Memphis voters sometime before Sept. 30.

Also off hold is an accompanying resolution that spells out how the estimated $47 million in revenue from the sales tax hike would be split. Of the total, $27 million would be used for a city-run or contracted pre-kindergarten expansion within Memphis directed by an appointed board. The remaining $20 million would be used, under terms of the resolution, to roll back the city’s property tax rate by 20 cents.

The council votes come at the last council meeting before Wharton is scheduled to present his operating budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1 to the council at its April 16 meeting.

The council’s agenda Tuesday includes a vote on a neighborhood arts center in Soulsville to be built by Community Lift at 1130 College St. at East McLemore Avenue. The house being converted is known as the home of Memphis entertainer Peter Chatman, better known as Memphis Slim, whose family also lived there.

The council will also vote on a planned development for the Midtown Casablanca restaurant at 2250 Central Ave., on the northeast corner of Central and New York Street.

Another planned development on the agenda is a Frayser car lot at 1674 Delano Road, on the northwest corner of Delano and North Watkins Street.

Meanwhile, at an 8:30 a.m. committee meeting, council members will take up the appointment of Pace Cooper by Wharton to the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board. Cooper is president and CEO of Cooper Hotels, a third-generation family-owned Memphis company.

At an 11:45 a.m. committee session, the council will hear about the first repayment to the city of a loan it made to the American Steamboat Co. The first payment from the Memphis-based riverboat cruise company is $1 million.

PROPERTY SALES 110 110 19,224
MORTGAGES 125 125 22,175
BUILDING PERMITS 116 116 39,432
BANKRUPTCIES 62 62 12,310