We’re not too far off from our next election on October 3.
Although the mayor’s race is the most important on the upcoming ballot, there are other races in it, too. There are 13 seats up on the City Council.
Reporter Mike Matthews describes it:
There is also one ballot question, the Memphis Public Safety Officer Benefits Sales Tax Initiative.
A yes vote is a vote in favor of increasing the city’s sales tax by an additional 0.5% (from 2.25% to 2.75%) in order to fund health benefits and pensions to the levels provided in 2014 and 2016, respectively, for fire and police public safety officers; any additional revenue was earmarked for roads or pre-kindergarten education.
A no vote is a vote against increasing the city’s sales tax by an additional 0.5% (from 2.25% to 2.75%) to fund health benefits and pensions for public safety officers, thereby leaving the existing public safety health benefits and pension plans and the existing total sales tax rate within the city of 9.25%.
I will be going over that issue and the candidates in subsequent posts.
Meanwhile, you can find out your voting location and voting districts at shelbyvote.com, the website of the Shelby County Election Commission. You put in our address and it will give you your district.
You can find out what races you will be voting in here: https://www.shelbyvote.com/sites/default/files/documents/Precinct%20Splits%20in%20the%20City%20of%20Memphis.pdf