Mayor Luttrell Surprised by County Budget Failure

Mayor Luttrell Surprised by County Budget Failure

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has a message for county commissioners: just tell me what you want.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has a message for county commissioners: just tell me what you want.

One thing he knows they don't want is his plan to raise taxes by 36 cents. Commissioners shot it down, and now all of county government is on a temporary budget until all sides reach an agreement.

"We did submit a budget that they approved. Now they didn't fund it, and I do think the ball is in their court, to let us know what it is they're willing to fund, how much they're willing to give us," said Mayor Luttrell.

The mayor said he wasn't shocked by commissioners voting against his plan to raise taxes by 36 cents, but he was surprised.

"What we'll do now is we'll go back to all the elected officials and say let's slow down the spending because as of July 1st they started spending on a new budget. Now that we have to amend that budget we'll slow down and do what we have to do to work in the guidelines the commission gives us."

Mark Luttrell will never be known as a man who likes spending lots of taxpayer money. He's cut more than one million bucks in salaries and operating expenses from Shelby County government in the last three years.

"The reality of it is 71 percent of our budget is diverted to personnel and we have consistently over the years, when we've discovered excess, we've cut that excess."

This is now a county commission issue, according to the mayor. If they don't like what they've seen, let them come up with what they want to cut, then he'll get to work.

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