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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

Re: “Strickland Presents Public Safety-Focused 2019 Budget

One thing Strickland and the news media missed is that things are lining up for Memphis property owners to receive a property tax cut. It seems to me that that is major news. It is not just a rate cut. It would be an actual tax cut compared to last year.

Posted by jcov40 on 04/26/2018 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Strickland Presents Public Safety-Focused 2019 Budget

Not sure what the word "technically" means in the mayor's tax rate statement. Going to $3.19 would lower the tax rate 8 cents and all Memphis property owners would receive a tax cut. The $3.19 is apparently the "recapture rate" that state law required the city to develop because appeals from last years reappraisal totaled significantly less than the appeals allowance in the the $3.27 certified rate the city adopted last year. The big news from the mayor's budget presentation was that Memphis property owners will receive a tax cut unless the council decides to increase taxes. jcov40

Posted by jcov40 on 04/25/2018 at 11:36 PM

Re: “Attorney Wade Joins Commission Team in Battle with County Mayor

Tennessee Atty. Gen. Herbert Slatery III recently wrote an op-ed page piece that argues against running out and filing lawsuits against drug companies in the opioid situation. He says they will draw a lot of attention but will be tied up in court for years. Slatery argues for a careful, well-planned investigation using the significant powers that the state has. I have no idea which side is correct on this issue, but the stories about the dispute between the mayor and and county commissioners outline only one side of the issue. I do believe the charter powers of who has the authority to hire lawyers and recommend lawsuits are really important issues that need to be firmly decided. Here is a link to Slatery's piece in The Tennessean:


Posted by jcov40 on 12/06/2017 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Roland vs. Lenoir: Next Year’s Mayoral Battle Flared Up in County Budget, Tax-Rate Debate

As with all reappraisals, thousands of homeowners in the county will receive tax increases. some will pay the same taxes and many, perhaps thousands, will get tax cuts. That would have been true wherever the rate was set. Since a reappraisal affects each property owner individually, it is impossible during a reappraisal year to set a rate that would give everybody a tax cut without bankrupting the county. It is possible to calculate mathematically the
percentage of appraisal increase that would result in a homeowner's paying the same property taxes this year as last year. At the adopted $4.11 rate, it's 6.3 percent. Had the rate been set at $4.13 it would have been 5.8 percent. Homeowners whose appraisals went up more than 6.3 percent will pay higher county property taxes in the coming year than they did in the past year. Those whose reappraisals went down or increased less than 6.3 percent, will have a tax cut. If you want to know whether you and your neighbors will be paying higher or lower taxes or the same, go to the county assessor's website and check the reappraisal values compared to last year's values. jcov40

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Posted by jcov40 on 07/20/2017 at 6:03 PM

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