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Re: “Going to Pieces

It's average daily attendance and not annual daily attendance. jcov40

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Posted by jcov40 on 03/14/2019 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Going to Pieces

This is a very good piece. I don't believe any of the reporters and editors for any of the current major media outlets have an understanding of how to find and report some of the basic statistics of the community. For example, in recent years none of the major outlets has reported on the total assessed values of properties countywide and in Memphis and the county's other municipalities when they are certified each spring. These figures are the city and county's property tax bases. These are very important figures in understanding what is happening in the community. And last year at budget time, it seemed clear that neither the city and county mayors, City Council and County Commission members nor the media reporters covering them understood that significant city and county property tax cuts were occurring as a result of state-required recapture tax rates in the year after a property reappraisal. And there seemed to be no understanding and little reporting on what the then county mayor and County Commission did on the schools' portion of the property tax rate.
Another set of basic figures that has gone unreported is the annual breakdown of annual daily attendance figures of the county and suburban public school systems on which county funds for schools are divided among the systems. And next year is the annual 10-year federal census year, which will give a snapshot of the numbers, races, ages and other data of people living in the county and all of its municipalities. If Census Bureau estimates in recent years are accurate, Shelby County may for the first time in history record a decline in population from one 10-year census to the next. Is anyone at the the major outlets aware of this? It doesn't appear that any of the major outlets has anyone on their staffs with any in-depth experience in reporting on Census figures and demography. Maybe none of these statistics make bombshell stories but they are all important in letting people know what is happening in the underlying community. jcov40

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Posted by jcov40 on 03/14/2019 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Legislature Mulling Change in Sheriff's Office

As I recall, the charter changes in 2008 also gave the Shelby County mayor authority to recommend or make changes in the budgets of the sheriff and the other officials before submitting them to the County Commission. Previously the mayor had the task of presenting a consolidated budget to commissioners but he could not change the budgets submitted to him by the other elected officials. The approach to doing things before the charter change was used for many years and did not appear to create any major problem. jcov40

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Posted by jcov40 on 03/13/2019 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Council Recap: Memphis 3.0, Pre-K, & Cannabis

Media reporters have failed to tell us whether the county funding provides for the funding of pre-K classes in the suburban municipalities? Does it? It would seem to be a simple question to ask. jcov40

Posted by jcov40 on 03/11/2019 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Council Members Walk Out on Vote for District 1 Seat

Has the failure of the majority 7-6 black council in 1996 to modify the planned November referendum that year to go to a council of single-member districts rather than the seven single-district and two superdistrict format resulted in the council's having more white members through the years than it otherwise would have? A strong argument can be made that it has. The council received its first black majority in the 1995 election that included the superdistricts which had been approved by a federal judge as a result of a federal lawsuit. The judge ruled that after the election, the council must schedule a charter referendum on a council districting plan that would not be discriminitory. He did not order that that plan include the superdistricts. However, on Oct. 17, 1995, before the new council took office on Jan. 1, 1996, the white majority still in office voted to hold the November 1996 referendum on continuing the superdistrict plan. The vote was along racial lines 7-5. One black member had left the meeting. Some black members argued strongly against the plan and vowed they would seek to change the referendum issue to entirely single districts once the new majority took office. However, no one on the majority black 7-6 council moved to make that change after the new council took office. Had the council already moved to eight or nine black members over the years as a result of the city's population change would the current split over filling the District 1 seat be going on?(The NAACP and its leaders did not participate in the voting rights lawsuit that led to the 1995 districting plan. Their position was that the city was reaching a point in its racial makeup where keeping the six at-large positions would result in black candidates winning a strong majority on the council.) Jimmie Covington

Posted by jcov40 on 12/05/2018 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Why Amazon Chose Nashville Over Memphis

The 444,297 population listed for the "core city" of Nashville will not be found anywhere in Census numbers and will not show up anywhere else in a comparison of Memphis and Nashville numbers. A little research shows that the number comes from an estimate by the Metropolitan Planning Organization in Nashville-Davidson of the population in the Metropolitan Government's Urban Services District. The government also has a General Services District in which a lower level of services is provided. The 444,297 appears in the Metropolitan Government's fiscal 2018 budget. The Census Bureau's city estimate for Nashville on July 1, 2017, is 667,560. The bureau's estimate for Memphis on that date is 652,326. The Nashville Metropolitan Government covers all of Davidson. However, there also are six suburban municipalities located entirely or partially in Davidson County. The Census Bureau does not include the Davidson populations of these municipalities in reporting the Nashville city population but includes them in the Davidson County population. The bureau's July 1, 2017, Davidson estimate is 691.243. This is all complicated. No one else has provided the source of the 444,297 number. Jimmie Covington

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Posted by jcov40 on 11/30/2018 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Starting Over

It will be interesting to see if the new mayor and commissioners will continue to divert part of the money away for school operations from county revenue sources allocated to schools. It is an anti-schools practice started in 2007 by the A C Wharton administration and commissioners and carried on by the Luttrell administration and commissioners after they took office in 2010. They do it by setting a cap on the total amount of county funding schools can receive regardless of what the allocated revenues provide. In some years, they had to manipulate the funds since the state requires that all of the revenue from the portion of the property tax allocated to schools must go to schools. County mayors Roy Nixon, Bill Morris and Jim Rout and commissioners in office during their administrations never sought to limit the revenue going to schools from the county revenue sources allocated to them. The funds I am talking about go to all of the public schools in the county whether they are in the county system or in the municipal districts. jcov40

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Posted by jcov40 on 09/08/2018 at 10:25 AM

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