The Look in Brief

Memphis votes to set $2.71 tax rate

By: - June 15, 2021 7:23 pm
A 2019 Memphis City Council meeting. (Photo: City of Memphis)

A 2019 Memphis City Council meeting. (Photo: City of Memphis)

The Memphis City Council voted Tuesday to certify the city’s tax rate at $2.71 after back and forth discussion. 

Before the vote concluded, Councilmember Martavius Jones proposed increasing the tax rate in order to improve long standing issues in the city, such as the affordable housing crisis, the Memphis Area Transit Authority and numerous trash-pick up problems, which led to the departure of Memphis Solid Waste Director Al Lamar.

Memphis City Councilmember Martavius Jones (Photo: Memphis City Council)
Memphis City Councilmember Martavius Jones (Photo: Memphis City Council)

Jones also referenced a 2015 report from the Social Science Research Council’s Measure of America project  that showed that a higher proportion of young adults are out of school or not working in Memphis than in any other city in the nation.

Studies show that young people who spent time out of work or school were more likely to struggle as adults with employment, incarceration, and other social aspects. 

Memphis ranks among the cities with the largest incarceration rates, and the city is in need of funds to improve services that have long been neglected, said Jones. 

“It is never a bad time to invest in people and take steps to clean up our city,” he added. 

Other council members objected to the proposal on the grounds that residents were not given enough time to voice their concerns about a tax increase, and the proposal was shut down by a majority, with only Jones voting in favor. 

Jones voted against the $2.71 certified tax rate. 


Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site.

Dulce Torres Guzman
Dulce Torres Guzman

Dulce has written for the Nashville Scene and Crucero News. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, she received the John Seigenthaler Award for Outstanding Graduate in Print Journalism in 2016. Torres Guzman is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She enjoys the outdoors and is passionate about preserving the environment and environmental issues.