Memphis, Shelby County Looking To Share Expenses

(Memphis) Memphis and Shelby County are not thinking about consolidating, but they are looking at ways they can share some expenses.

The two government took the first step on Wednesday to help taxpayers pay less for law enforcement vehicles.

“Well, it’s common sense,” Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer said.

Shafer proposed the Memphis city council and Shelby County commission start making purchases together.

“This is the first step, not to consolidating the county, but the first step in making economic sense in purchasing,” Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford said.

Ford is the chair of the financial sub-committee and taking Shafer’s proposal seriously.

“We know that we can save anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 per car if we buy it in this group setting,” Ford said.

The money can go toward teaching our kids and making sure employees get the raises they deserve.

Ford believes the joint purchases are not only good for the people making them but also for police officers.

“Make sure the police – men and women – both Shelby County and Memphis, Tennessee, have the best possible equipment, the best tools to fight the crime, and the best opportunity to go home safe to their families,” Ford said.

During the meeting, WREG found out the city is looking to buy about 150 new cars and the county is only looking to add about 20 of them.

Anytime we can combine funds from the city and the county to purchase any item — we’re going to save money,” Memphis Councilman Myron Lowery said.

The county set aside $250,000.00 for new deputy cars. The city is planning to release its budget next week.

If the proposal to work more closely materializes, they plan to hopefully buy the cars from local dealers.

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