"If [my] company hadn't been born in Memphis, we wouldn't be here. We don't have the mountains or a beach. ... The crime rate is higher here than in other places, and the weather can be difficult as well. ... If we throw all this out and say tomorrow, 'No more PILOTs,' I think we'll be falling on our sword."
-- Councilman Jack Sammons. The council's economic-development committee last week discussed revisions to the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) program, including changes to the scoring system and ensuring that companies in the program gave employees medical benefits. The council is expected to vote on the recommendations September 15th.