Balance Shelby County Budget without Tax Increases
Shelby County faces a $26.6 million budget gap in the upcoming fiscal year.
You can bet labor unions and liberal groups will be working hard to balance the budget on the back of you the taxpayer by demanding tax increases.
We need your help to make sure Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell hears from you. Click here to e-mail Mayor Luttrell and tell him you support a balanced budget with no tax increases.
Shelby County residents already pay the 2nd highest property tax rate in the state, paying $4.06 per $100 in property value, only Trousdale County with a $4.13 property tax rate charges more. Shelby County taxpayers are already paying their fair share for government services, raising taxes would be irresponsible.
Mayor Luttrell has already specified a number of proposed cuts. From The Commercial Appeal:
-A previously announced $10 million reduction in funding to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.
-Elimination of the proposed pay raise, which would save $4.7 million.
-Holding some jobs vacant for long periods of time would save $4 million. The county calls this practice personnel restriction.
-A $2.2 million cut in the Sheriffs budget. It wasnt immediately clear what steps the department would take to achieve these savings.
-A $1.1 million cut in the mayors administration budget, which covers areas such as finance and the county attorneys office.
Click here to contact Mayor Luttrell, tell him you support balancing the budget by finding efficiencies in government and making needed spending cuts.
AFP-Tennessee supports efforts to rein in government spending at all levels. The national recession has hit Shelby County hard, the unemployment rate remains at a stubbornly high 10%. With high unemployment and an already high tax burden, now is the absolute wrong time to consider tax increases in Shelby County.
Stand up to Big Labor and liberal special interests. Click here to make sure Mayor Luttrell hears from the taxpayers: balance the budget without raising taxes.