Shelby County Suburbs Vote to Hold Referendums in August
(Shelby County, TN) The councilmen and aldermen in all six Shelby County suburbs voted unanimously Tuesday night to hold referendums on municipal schools in August.
Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Millington and Lakeland will all hold elections on Aug. 2, when people will cast ballots on whether they should form their own municipal school districts.
Packed town halls over the last few months indicate very strong interest in all of the suburban cities. Even those who do not have children in the system anymore are willing to consider the extra half-cent per dollar sales tax increase required to start their own schools.
“They’d have more control here, on the laws and the rules and stuff that goes on in the school,” said Barbara Wiseman, who has nine grandchildren in Bartlett.
Wiseman said the priority is to have good schools, even if it means more taxes.
Clarence Cleaves agrees on providing good schools, but says he’s unsure of how he’ll vote.
“It’s a good idea, but I’m not sure how it’s going to work,” he said.
He and neighbors like Robbie Conn said they would want more information before they vote.
Conn is concerned about the cost.
“If the city would be able to acquire the buildings. I know that would be a very big thing, because if they can’t, then that would be a lot more than half a cent,” Conn said.
Still, she expects the referendum to pass, at which point she said everyone will be forced to take on the higher tax.