(Collierville, TN) Many are wondering what the municipal governments plan to do with revenues from the sales tax increase ,now that municipal schools have been put on hold.
The suburbs have been collecting the tax since October.
For now, the mayors say it’s not going anywhere other than to pay for attorney’s fees in the fight to get their own schools.
“When our voters in Germantown had the chance to vote and tell us whether or not they wanted their own municipal school, the answer was overwhelmingly, ‘Yes’,” said Germantown Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy.
That hasn’t changed, but starting those districts has taken a turn after a judge ruled parts of the school fight were unconstitutional.
Many wonder where the money raised is going to go now.
“It is our expectation that those funds will be used only for school purposes,” said Goldsworthy.
She says its best to wait and see what happens with the schools. She believes undoing the tax now would be short-sighted, “That`s a very lengthy process and it would require us to schedule an election at an odd time.”
Instead, Goldsworthy and other mayors around town are holding steady, believing suburban schools will become a reality.
In the meantime, they say the money will go into reserves.
Also, suburban towns are racking up huge attorney’s fees in the fight for their own district.
“We’ve actually written checks for around $280,000 and so far that money has come right out of the general fund,” said Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner.
He and Goldsworthy ask people to trust they team with other suburbs in the fight for municipal schools.
“We are still moving forward toward that municipal school district feeling at some point that we`re going to have it,” said Joyner.
In the event that the municipalities don’t get their school district, mayors say they are willing to hold a vote to undo the half-cent sales tax, but they don’t believe that will be necessary.