Memphis Government

On the strength of a positive message, political neophyte Paul Young captured the race for Memphis mayor Thursday (Oct. 5). With 17 candidates in the race, no runoff, and no incumbent (Mayor Jim Strickland is term-limited), Young won the mayor’s...
With the prospect of Memphis’ next mayor entering office without a mandate, Memphis City Council members Tuesday (Sept. 26) passed a pair of ballot-referenda ordinances in their first readings, aiming to produce a smaller field of candidates in the...
With access to high-speed internet concentrated among its more affluent areas, the city of Memphis has entered an ambitious $750 million partnership with French company Meridiam to expand access throughout the city, including some of its most underserved communities. Memphis...
Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division employees living outside Shelby County can breathe a sigh of relief, after members of the Memphis City Council Tuesday (Aug. 22) shot down a proposed referendum question that would require the utility’s workers...
With the city’s latest Downtown violent outburst still resonating, Memphis City Council members unanimously adopted a non-binding resolution requesting a permanent Shelby County Sheriff’s Office presence on Downtown streets. The council’s action came during its Tuesday (Aug. 22) meeting, which...
With recent severe storms and long-term power outages as a backdrop, Memphis Memphis City Council members Tuesday (July 25) approved spending $22.6 million to fund numerous repairs and improvements to the city’s sewer and water drainage infrastructure. “Purely from a...
What normally would have been a routine re-appointment to the Memphis Light Gas and Water Division board of directors took an unexpected turn Tuesday (July 25). During a meeting of the council’s Personnel and Government Affairs Committee, Michael Pohlman was...
Memphis City Council members Tuesday (July 25) took the first step towards approving referenda questions for this October’s city elections after unanimously approving a pair of resolutions, including whether to re-establish the City Court Clerk position as an elected...
With deadlines looming, Memphis City Council members Tuesday (June 27) shot down a proposed property-tax increase and approved a fix of district lines before the upcoming city elections to close out this year’s budget season. Council Chairman Martavius Jones’ proposed...
A second reading of a resolution to hike Memphis’ property tax rate from $2.71 to $3 per $100 assessed value to fund MATA operating costs and other priorities met a chilly reception this week from members of the Memphis...