Referendum date sate for municipal school districts

(WMC-TV) - Memphis suburbs will hold their referendums on August 2 to create municipal school districts.

Suburb residents will head to the polls to vote on whether to break away from the merged school system and form their own districts.

The election dates were decided Tuesday night and confirmed by leaders in Bartlett, Germantown, and Arlington.

To get that referendum on the August 2 ballot, suburbs must pass ordinances to allow that measure by the end of this month.

In addition to municipal school districts, the August ballot will also include a referendum to increase local sales tax rate by half a cent.  Officials said that hike will cover costs for a new school district.

According to the Commercial Appeal, the cities that do decide to create their own school systems will also hold an election on November 6 to pick their school board members.

Candidates can pick up those petitions before the August 2 vote to allow more time to collect signatures before the qualifying deadline.

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