Despite Passage, Commission Fight over Tax Rate Not Over

Despite Passage, Commission Fight over Tax Rate Not Over

This week, Shelby County Commissioners approved a property tax hike. It doesn't become official until the minutes of the meeting are approved, and that's when Terry Roland says he'll fight one more time.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The Shelby County tax fight isn't over. In fact, Commissioner Terry Roland says the fight might just be getting good.

This week, commissioners approved a property tax hike. It doesn't become official until the minutes of the meeting are approved, and that's when Roland says he'll fight one more time.

"They think we're done," said Roland. "We're not done. We've dug our heels in."

Terry Roland says he and other anti-tax commissioners have one more opportunity to fight. He's going to do whatever it takes to shoot down the tax increase, including trying one more time to keep Commissioners Melvin Burgess and Sidney Chism from voting on the increase because of what Roland says is a conflict of interest.

"We've got until Monday after next until those minutes are read; that tax rate isn't set. And I'm working with the state attorney general now to get some rulings," he said.

The budget fight has been brutal. Democrat and Republican commissioners have battled over raising taxes. Those battles have at times been pretty rough, often leading to personal attacks.

Commission Chairman Mike Ritz has been involved in some disagreements, many of them with Terry Roland.

"We needed to get this talk about the tax rate behind us," Ritz said, adding that the past two years have been rough, and things will only get worse. "Next year is an election year and there are a good number of them who are running for something next year."

Roland says all of this Ritz anger is over one issue.

"He's mad because I didn't support him for chairman. Cry baby, cry baby, cry."

The group meets next on August 5th.

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