Tenn. Community Groups Endorse School Tax Hike

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hoping to inspire voters in Memphis and unincorporated Shelby County to support public education as strongly as suburban voters have embraced municipal school districts, a coalition of community organizations endorsed the half-cent sales tax referendum Wednesday.

Gathering on the sidewalk in front of the Memphis City and Shelby County Schools' district offices on Hollywood, representatives of the education reform group Stand for Children, the Shelby County Democratic Party, Mid-South Peace & Justice Center, Latino Memphis and a group of local ministers made the case for a strong turnout in favor of the referendum when early voting starts next week.

State Rep. Johnnie Turner, D-Memphis, added her voice to the chorus taking on the "herculean task of convincing citizens that voting for a tax hike is going to be beneficial in the end."

The proposed countywide half-cent sales tax increase will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

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