Taxpayer Have Little Confidence in City Budget Decisions

Taxpayer Have Little Confidence in City Budget Decisions

The state comptroller has no confidence in Memphis city finances. The problem is so serious, Mayor A C Wharton is taking his new budget to the city council next week, less than a month before it's due.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The state comptroller has no confidence in Memphis city finances. The problem is so serious, Mayor A C Wharton is taking his new budget to the city council next week, less than a month before it's due.

In a city where police and fire divisions get most of the taxpayer money, why pay attention. As long as when you call 911 somebody shows up, right?

Not everyone watches local news. It's a free country. If you don't want to watch, don't watch. If you do watch, though, especially in Memphis, the issue of property taxes and how the money is spent is a big one.

Memphis resident Norrisha Harden doesn't think the city is doing what needs to be done with her tax dollars. If they were, "the city schools wouldn't be closing down. I don't think there would be so many potholes in the streets tearing up our cars. So no, I don't think they spend our money the right way."

The city is in trouble with its money. What happened, in a nutshell, is a lot of middle class and upper class folks moved out. They were replaced by folks who struggle to make a living. If you don't have the money, you can't pay the taxes to pay for the programs. So you go for the basics.

"People are telling me they want roads paved, they want to be safe in their neighborhood, and special projects, some of them, not all of them, but some of them need to be cut out," said Councilman Jim Strickland.

Whatever they do, they'll have trouble convincing a lot of you that they're doing the right thing.

There are budget hearings scheduled for Thursday, and Strickland says he expects them to be tense.

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