Millington voters hit the polls for municipal schools, a second time | Schools
Millington voters will hit the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots, a second time, in an election that will decide the outcome regarding the creation of a municipal school systems.
A large mobile sign asking voters to check yes on their ballots for municipal schools is only a small part of the fight behind the suburban effort of local schools, which started more than two years ago after Memphis City Schools surrendered their carter.
Millington, along with five other suburbs, fought to create their own municipal school districts before Memphis City and Shelby County schools merged; municipal districts would allow suburban areas local control and accountability in their public schools.
Millington voted in favor of establishing local schools in an election last summer, but they voted to not fund it. That sales tax increase lost by only three votes.
All other municipalities voted for the half-cent sales-tax increases to pay for the schools. As the taxes stayed, Judge Samuel Mays ruled municipal school districts in Shelby County were unconstitutional – which threw out those votes. Gov. Bill Haslam signed two bills into law in April that lifted the ban on municipal schools in the state. That gave Shelby County's six suburbs the green light to create their own municipal school districts.
Since the law was redrafted and now applies to the entire state, rather than just a county, another vote is required.
A local political analyst says that Millington is expected to vote yes as before.
Regardless if the referendum passes or fails, Millington students will be enrolled in the recently merged Shelby County Unified Schools district this upcoming school year.
The ballot question for Tuesday July, 16 reads as follows:
Shall the City of Millington create a municipal school system that shall meet the standards of adequacy established by applicable State law and regulation, which standards include raising and spending each year the required amount of local funds for the operation of the municipal school system that, for calculation purposes only, would at least be equal to the
amount that would be raised through a fifteen cents ($.15) tax levy on each One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) of taxable property for each year if all such taxes were collected?
For a list of voting locations, click here.
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