Archive for August, 2012
August 30, 2012
The City of Memphis and Shelby County require their active employees to pay 30% of the health care costs with you the taxpayer paying 70%. Does this sound complicated?
Well since both the City and the County are self insured, they have to estimate their annual costs. The annual health care costs will vary from year to year. However it seems to me that they could take the annual cost from the year before, add in an inflation factor and bill their employees 30% of (more…)
Unfunded liabilities are political promises that politicians have made that will probably come due after they are out of office and retired on a pension and health care plan not available to the (more…)
August 23, 2012
On Monday I talked about the City of Memphis 2011 CAFR. Today I will look at the 2011 Shelby County CAFR. As of June 30, 2011 both the City of Memphis and Shelby County had similar amounts of reserve funds, $81 million for Memphis and $85 million for the County. Of course after (more…)
August 20, 2012
CAFR is shorthand for Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Sounds dull and uninteresting until it is time to pay your local tax or utility bills.
Memphis and Shelby County publish these reports annually and they contain most of the vital information about where the money comes from and where and how it is spent. Over the next few (more…)
August 16, 2012
As I was looking at my City property tax bill due at the end of August, I ask myself the question “What is residential property tax total as a percentage of the total property tax?”.
You would think that this is a question that could be easily found online. So I went to the City of Memphis, Shelby County and the Shelby County Trustee for the answer. As of right now only the Trustee answered and I thank him and his staff for the outstanding job that they do and their (more…)
August 13, 2012
The MLGW just published their latest annual financial report in July 2012 for the year ended December 31, 2011. It has some interesting figures in it which I will recap.
I have been complaining for some time about two things at the MLGW.
- That the MLGW is supposed to operate as a non profit but over the years they have piled up a lot of profits.
- That they have used these profits to finance their pensions, health care and OPEB funding which are much richer and more generous than the City of Memphis and especially Shelby County.
August 9, 2012
The Personalty tax is a tax on Personal Property, tangible and intangible, used, or held for use, in a business. Businesses include Partnerships, Corporations, other business associations not issuing stock and individuals operating for profit as a business or profession in Shelby County Tennessee.
There are 10 groups of Tangible Personal Property:Group 1 Furniture, Fixtures, General Equipment, and all other Property not listed in any other Group. Group 2 Computers, Copiers, Fax Machines, Peripherals, and Small tools. Group 3 Molds, Dies, and Jigs. Group 4 Aircraft, Towers, and Boats. Group 5 Manufacturing Machinery. Group 6 Billboards, Tanks, and Pipelines. Group Scrap Properties. Group 8 Raw Materials and Supplies. Group 9 Vehicles. Group 10 Construction-in-Process.
This group of property is taxed the same as real estate and those paying are responsible for reporting their value. It does not matter whether they are (more…)
With the Olympics going on I decided to find out the winners in the LONGEST PILOT CONTRACTS CONTEST. I went to the latest County Trustee’s Annual Report and listed the longest lasting tax abatement contracts. Here is what I found.
Owner Location Length of Contract
Court Square Partnership 128-130 N. Court 40 years
Cotton Ex Bldg 65 Union 40 years
123 S Court LLC 855 Ridge Lake Blvd 40 years
Winchester Bldg LLC 179 Madison Ave 40 years
Main Monroe Partners LP 110 Monroe 40 years
Sanderlin Place 80 Monroe-20 S Front 40 years
Three Sisters Ltd 81 S Front 76-88 Union 40 years
Wesley at Millington Inc 7917 Cole 40 years
Peabody Place-Gold LP 123-135-137 S Main 40 years
Peabody Place-Hav lp 151 S Main 40 years
Hotel Peabody LTD 149 Union & 122 Second 40 years
Peabody Pl Htl Hampton Inn 0 Third 40 years
Knickerbocker Properties 0 Mud Island 40 years
These all get a gold medal. There are many others from 20 and 30 Plus years. Check it out for yourself. Most of these are downtown properties.
Finishing dead last, as usual, is the shrinking, depleted and aging team, MemphisTaxpayers.
August 2, 2012
Home owners (property tax payers) are carrying the bulk of the local tax burden. We have heard reports of the PILOT program (payment in lieu of taxes) which gives local companies tax abatements for a period of time. We have heard that this runs up to $48 million dollars per year. At the end of the PILOT contract period they are supposed to go back on the tax rolls (City and County) at the full amount of the tax abatement.
This piqued my interest so I decided to investigate the PILOT subject and the amount of the tax abatement. I found out from the County Trustee that the $48 million dollar annual tax abatement reported in his annual Pilot report was only for the County and does not include the City Pilot abatement. This (more…)