Archive for the ‘Appraisals’ Category

Memphis 2020 Growth Plan “Investing In The Future”

Monday, September 9th, 2013

September 9, 2013


Strategic Five-Fiscal and Management Plan


I have been reading through the huge five year City of Memphis Management Plan prepared by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and the PFM Group involving Rick Masson and V. Lynn Evans.


It is fascinating and full of information. It will take me some time to digest it. As I do I will let you, the tax paying public, share in the (more…)

Long Term Fiscal Health For Memphis

Monday, July 15th, 2013

July 15, 2013

There was an article in the CA yesterday entitled “What path to long-term fiscal health for Memphis”. The article had statements by several Council members and here is my take on their statements.

Shea Flinn: He starts off with the theory of the survival of the fittest. He states that some of his colleagues see city government as the employer of the first, second and last resort. I agree because whenever I suggest a reform evolving layoffs, most of the City Council members have a nervous breakdown. He points out that the majority of the Council refuse to face the facts.

He made the bold proposal to raise the tax rate to a level to pay for the present level of services. They refused and stuck their heads in the sand.

Myron Lowery: Myron pointed out that the $3.36 tax rate would produce the (more…)

The Budget Beast-Reform Or Put It On A Diet

Monday, April 29th, 2013

April 29, 2013

I heard City Councilman Jim Strickland recently talking about the upcoming budget hearings. He is chairman of the budget committee. He has a tough job as it is difficult to get seven votes to pass any significant cuts.

His suggestion seems to be to put the budget beast on a diet. In other words, the County Assessor has predicted that the new property tax assessments will be down 4-1/2%. Jim wants to let the pot of property tax money fall by this amount which would mean a reduction of about 3-1/4%. The Mayor, on the other hand, wants to increase property taxes rates by 28 cents or 9%. Faced with those (more…)

We Tote The Note

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

September 4, 2012

For years as I drove home from work, I passed a used car lot on Lamar that had a sign that said “We Tote The Note”.

Recently I asked the City and the County for information on property taxes for the fiscal year 2011 to see who totes the note locally. I wanted to know how much is paid by residential versus commercial, industrial, farm, exempt, multi and personalty.


How Much Do Residential Taxpayers Pay Versus All Others?

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

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…)

Investigation of PILOTS

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

June 21, 2012

I have been investigating past PILOTS (the payment in lieu of tax program) and trying to follow up on past ending dates to see if when the PILOT ended, did the City and the County get the promised higher taxes. This has proved to be very difficult to gather this information and it should be the subject of a public report run hopefully by the County Trustee’s office. But I will give it a shot. I (more…)