MEMPHIS, TN- (WMC-TV) - There was a heated debate at the Shelby County Commission meeting Monday, but it was not just commissioners involved in the discussion. Homeowners were there, too.
The proposed ordinance at the center of the debate would raise the county property tax rate from 4.02 to 4.38. It did not get seven votes Monday, but it did get everyone in the county commission chambers fired up.
One after another, 15 concerned citizens lined up to voice opposition to a proposal that would raise the county tax rate.
"I don't want to see us supporting Memphis. They done it to themselves. We don't need to help them," said Lawrence Pierotti, who lives in Shelby COunty.
"It's time we said we've had enough. You pay for your own stuff. I need to live here," said Collierville resident Emily Irvin.
"If it passes, you'll run me out of business. I won't have a job anymore," added business owner Arthur Everitt.