Roland believes cutting administrators key to balancing budget - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Roland believes cutting administrators key to balancing budget

The Shelby County budget is short nearly $30 million. Now, commissioners are debating the best way to make up the money.

Terry Roland's State Senate campaign is over. Now, he's on a new campaign.

"To me, it looks like we're doing things backwards," Roland said.

He is talking about Shelby County's budget crisis.

A situation mayor AC Wharton says it may take lay-offs to fix.

"If he's gonna cut, why don't he really do it right and go to the top, where we're top heavy," Roland said.

Roland said he has distributed thousands of fliers.

They show the salaries of the county's highest paid employees. Most of them administrators.

"I mean, we're talking about people going from 90,000 to 150,000 plus," Roland said.

Some of whom have seen recent pay raises.

"I think it's hog-wash, excuse my language," Roland said.

Roland believes the county's best paid should not be exempt from "paying a price."

"I don't know what it's gonna take to show them. There's other ways to cut into this budget than to cut the little man," Roland said.

Roland said he's tried to pitch his idea to Wharton and other county leaders, but no one has called him back.

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