In a move that showed the mayor isn't the only authority on city services, the City Council voted to de-fund the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center last night at its ongoing budget hearings.
The proposal, which has to be voted on by the full council as part of the overall operating budget, would be contingent on MSARC being taken over by the county or another organization. It could also be vetoed by the mayor.
In all the excitement yesterday, this sort of flew under the radar: The City Council passed a resolution requiring council approval for any demolition in Overton Square.
After Mayor Herenton's update on MSARC to the City Council's executive committee, council member Jim Strickland proposed moving the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center to Shelby County government.
"It's a regional service, so it makes more sense as a county organization, just like the health department," he said.
The proposal was later held for two weeks, but Strickland says he will propose de-funding MSARC at tomorrow night's City Council budget hearing.
If approved, such a move would skirt the mayor's authority over the center and give the County Commission a chance to pick it up, if it so desires.
Mayor Willie Herenton went before the City Council's executive committee today to update them about the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center.
He told them he would not turn MSARC over to county government and that MSARC was still a national model.
Selected remarks from his comments after the jump.
Here's a phrase I never thought I'd hear uttered in the County Commission chambers: "ambiguous genitalia." But now I have.
The County Commission is currently discussing a general non-discrimination proposal by Commissioner Sidney Chism, a substitute for an original proposal sponsored by Commissioner Steve Mulroy to "establish non-discrimination provisions regarding sexual orientation or gender identity or expression."
I'm currently listening via the county's website, but Bianca Phillips will have the full story today on her Memphis Gaydar blog.