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Big announcement planned for the City of Memphis

(WMC-TV) - A big announcement is coming your way! Memphis and Shelby County leaders will join together to announce renewed support for a sales tax hike referendum.

That's right, elected leaders from Memphis and Shelby County will be out today to support the referendum, something that would be a win for the merged Memphis City Shelby county school district.

Revenue from the hike would help fund education for all students in the county when city and county schools merge in 2013.

The referendum has been a hot button issue, and came to a head back in August when Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell's veto on the referendum was overridden by county commissioners.

And now it is up to voters to approve it on the November 6 ballot.

County suburbs want the money to form their own schools to avoid merging with Memphis schools.

And if this is approved, the commission would have control over the money instead of individual suburbs.

Mayor AC Wharton as well as members of the county commission, city council, and unified school board are all expected to be at the news conference.

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