Property Tax Hike Could Send Homeowners Packing

Property Tax Hike Could Send Homeowners Packing

Shelby County Commissioners are one step closer to raising property taxes. A majority of commissioners are in favor of the nine percent hike.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Shelby County Commissioners are one step closer to raising property taxes. A majority of commissioners are in favor of the nine percent hike.

Some of the money is because of lower home assessments, and some is for the Unified School System. Critics are getting louder and angrier.

There is a very vocal minority of commissioners who are against any tax increase, and they're letting everybody know about it.

The piercing noise of a locomotive horn echoes as it rumbles across Stage Road in Bartlett. This is one of those places where people moved to get away from Memphis years ago.

Former Memphis mayor Willie Herenton had a saying, one of his most quoted sayings: "If you don't like it, leave."

"They did," said Commissioner Terry Roland. "And what didn't leave will leave with this tax increase."

It looks like a nine percent tax increase will be approved by county commissioners. Roland says if it happens, all we'll see will be a trail of taillights to other counties.

"There's gonna be an old saying, if we go up with this tax. There's two things you can't get rid of: HIV and a house in Shelby County."

At Brad's Barbecue in Bartlett, the noon hour brings out the people ready for traditional southern grub. Between gnawing a rib or chowing down on baked beans, they talked about taxes and whether they'd leave Shelby County if the rate goes up.

"Yes. Yes, I would. My whole family would," said Brenda Moreno. "It already hits us hard. We can't afford to be hit any harder than what it is."

She's especially worried because next week she and her husband start their retirement.

Commissioners will vote at their regular meeting on Monday and then take a final vote in two weeks.

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