Local I-Team: Doing business with Shelby County

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – To do business with Shelby County you’ll have to be current on your property taxes. Wednesday in committee, county commissioners approved a resolution saying just that. The move comes after the Local I-Team uncovered a loophole that allowed people to get grant money from the county even if they’re delinquent in their property taxes. 

The resolution passed in the Shelby County Commission Committee, but will go to full commission for a vote next week.

This is the first step in making sure people doing business with the county don’t owe the county money.

“It boils down to the county really needs to be doing business with companies that pay their taxes. That’s the bottom line,” said Mick Wright, Shelby County Commission.

Wright says that’s why he supports this resolution.

Last month, the Local I-Team uncovered a company called Refurban was given a $15,000 grant from Shelby County to buy heavy equipment, even though it owed Memphis and Shelby County more than $40,000 in back property taxes. The commissioners said they were unaware until the Local I-Team uncovered it.

If the commission gives final approval, businesses will have to be current with their property taxes, or enter into a payment plan with the trustee before county money is appropriated.

“Taxpayers are really counting on us to hold everyone accountable to the same standard, and if you want to do business in Shelby County, you need to play by the rules,” said Wright.

The full commission is expected to vote on this Monday. We will let you know what happens.

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