Coalition Pushes for “Moral Budget”
By Toby Sells
A coalition of Memphis nonprofit organizations want city and county leaders to keep current tax rates and spend the excess funds on a raft of community investments in what they call a “moral budget.”Read more
BTH: What Do Citizens Need from County and City Budgets?
By SAVANNAH SMITH
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland have submitted their budget proposals for the 2022 fiscal year. The Shelby County Commission and Memphis City Council have been meeting and coming to an agreement on their respective budgets. The conversation about spending isn't just a government exercise. A multitude of organizations are also debating about or lobbying for budget priorities.Read more
Groups demand ‘moral’ budgets from city, county leaders
By: WREG Staff
A number of organizations and activists want the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission to take a different approach when it comes to budget talks. These groups want leaders to focus on the social needs of the community and prioritize things like education and public transportation.Read more
‘Moral Budget’ plan would keep city and county property tax rates the same
coalition of a dozen nonprofit and community organizations are calling for the city and county property tax rates to stay at their current rates to create more funding for public education, public transportation, affordable housing and similar priorities.Read more
Group calls on Memphis, Shelby County to keep property tax rates, fund 'moral budgets'
By Katherine Burgess, Memphis Commercial Appeal
A coalition is calling upon the City of Memphis and Shelby County Government to keep their current property tax rates in place — rather than lowered rates due to property reappraisals — and use the extra revenue to fund “a moral budget” including education, transit and mental health.Read more
Opinion: Memphis should invest in blighted housing
For years, Memphis has had far too much blighted and substandard housing – single-family as well as apartments.
The mortgage crisis of 2007, followed by the tsunami of foreclosures, made matters far worse. And obviously, the greatest impact has been felt in Memphis’ low-income neighborhoods.Read more