Councilman shares expectations for 2013 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Councilman shares expectations for 2013

(WMC-TV) - One Memphis City Council chairman is taking a looking ahead, and shared what we can expect from the council in the next year.

"We spend about 65 percent of our budget on public safety. That's much higher than Nashville or Louisville or Miami Florida for example. So do we need to follow a sustainable model,"
 Edmund Ford, Jr.

He's the youngest member on the Memphis City Council at 33 and also a five year veteran.
Ford expects tough questions to be asked in 2013 during his chairmanship.
"Let's put in specific language how much government costs, and then let's look at from the perspective of do we want what we have do we want to have something better or are we okay with the alternative," he said. 

Councilman Ford expects budget issues to be the most heated including police and fire safety, other city services and spending measures.

Also, he expects tax referendums to comes up again like the half cent sale tax and gasoline tax hike proposals which both failed in 2012.

"I don't think we did a very good job in my opinion on selling the sales tax last year," said Ford. 

He plans to meet with Mayor A C Wharton's office every Monday, keeping good communications with the administration as the council tries to figure out what's best for Memphis and its taxpayers moving forward.

Councilman Ford's the 5th Ford family member to be on the city council. He's having an open house next Tuesday Jan. 8 for anyone who wants to attend committee meetings or the agenda meeting.

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