Luttrell won't support Shelby County tax hike - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Luttrell won't support county tax hike

Shelby County taxpayers may be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Mayor Mark Luttrell says he won't support tax increases. Shelby County taxpayers may be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Mayor Mark Luttrell says he won't support tax increases.

(WMC-TV) - Shelby County taxpayers may be able to breathe a sigh of relief. Mayor Mark Luttrell says he won't support tax increases.

Luttrell says there are a variety of reasons that make it a bad time to ask for higher taxes.

After receiving a letter of intent from Arlington wanting a referendum to raise its own sales tax,

Luttrell said he's is not in favor of a county-wide tax increase.

"With the economy and financial situation in Shelby County they way it is, with the lingering questions out there regarding educational funding - until we can get more clarity on all of these issues, this is not the time to raise taxes across the county," he said.

Luttrell and the county commission now have 40 days to make a decision on a county tax increase.

While Luttrell does not favor a tax hike, Arlington still plans to hold its referendum on both municipal schools and a sales tax as planned.

Luttrell said by not knowing how much municipal school districts would cost, and without a planned budget, he would not feel comfortable taxing people across the board.

Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman, who is also on the board of the unified school district, agrees.

"I think on Mayor Luttrell's part that's a smart move," he said. "I'm glad he didn't hesitate to make that announcement."

Wissman says for smaller cities like Arlington, raising their own sales taxes would actually be a better option because it would be cheaper for residents county-wide in the long run.

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly