MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Shelby County Commission committee voted against lowering the property tax rate during a meeting Wednesday morning.
The proposal before county commissioners suggested fixing the tax rate at $4.10 for 2017.
In 2016, the rate was $4.13.
Commissioners were split on the issue from the beginning.
Terry Roland and Mark Billingsley both supported a tax decrease saying the county should "put a few bucks back in taxpayers' pockets."
But that didn't sway too many of their fellow commissioners like Walter Bailey.
He was adamant the county couldn't afford a tax decrease even if it is only a couple of cents.
Still others said the decision is not something that should be discussed in committee, but by the entire county commission.
Ultimately the measure failed 5-4, but commissioners said this is not the end of the road for the property tax discussion.
The full commission will discuss the rate and potentially vote again on Monday.