Last Friday, an important civic letter circulated among local business and civic leaders, many of whom are MUS alumni. Given our school's alumni and their historical connection to the benefit of Memphis in the public square, and given the weightiness of pressing civic and social issues facing Memphis, good policy and common sense bear mentioning here as we encourage our students, future Memphis Leaders.
Named in the attached letter below is MUS alumnus and Memphis City Councilman Shea Flinn ('91), a co-sponsor of a public referendum to increase the city's sales tax by one-half (0.5) percent from 9.25% to 9.75%. It is estimated that such increase would result in $47 million in revenue for successfully proven early childhood education measures while reducing the city's property tax rate by 20 cents from 3.11 to 2.91.
The author is Memphis City Councilman and CBHS alumnus Jim Strickland (CBHS '82). MUS and CBHS alumni contribute heavily both to our city's and county's overall leadership, thus, again, our reasoning in sharing the letter.
Here is the introduction:
Dear Fellow Memphians:
Our city is at a crossroads. Steadily, we are losing population and businesses because crime is too high, public schools are struggling, and our property tax rate is higher than any other city in Tennessee. In the areas of crime, education, and property taxes, our city needs dramatic change and we must do something within reason to stop the hemorrhaging. I'll explain: Download Strickland.