Southwind residents support de-annexation bill

Southwind residents support de-annexation bill

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Neighbors living in Southwind want to escape Memphis and the burden of city taxes.

Dianne Lamb said she remembers joining her neighbors years ago to fight against being annexed into Memphis. Their fight failed.

Since then, Lamb said she hasn't noticed many changes in the services she receives.

"Of course, we've got the city garbage pickup--that's nice," Lamb said. But other than garbage pickup, she said the only other change she's noticed is higher taxes.

Now she and her neighbors are excited and hopeful a de-annexation bill in Nashville will allow them to escape city limits.

"Just because, you know, we don't want to pay the city taxes," Lamb said.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland told lawmakers in Nashville on Wednesday that de-annexation would force not only the city and the county to raise taxes on everyone.

Plus, he said it's completely unfair that neighborhoods that spent city money can de-annex and think that means they don't have to help the city pay down its debt.

Strickland said everyone should be responsible for the city's debt. He said even if certain neighborhoods are allowed to de-annex, those neighborhood should still be responsible for paying down Memphis' debt.

"We'd like to be in the county. That's just the bottom line," Lamb said.

State Senator Reginald Tate is one of the co-sponsors of the de-annexation bill, but he now says he does not support it. That's because he said the bill will now allow even more neighborhoods to de-annex from cities. He said he sponsored the bill initially because he supported Southwind and Cordova leaving Memphis.

Click here to see how much tax money Memphis could lose if all 10 neighborhoods are allowed to de-annex.

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