It’s Election Day in Tennessee. There are 92 candidates running and 46 different decisions facing voters in Shelby County alone. On the ballot are state and national primaries and local races and referendums.
Among the contests Senior Reporter for the Memphis Daily News Bill Dries said everyone will be watching are ballot questions about forming municipal school districts in the suburbs outside of Memphis.
"[R]ecent issues are just the latest in a series of errors in the Shelby County Election Commission stretching back at least a decade. Nearly every election cycle in the county in recent memory has been plagued by a myriad of errors and complaints of wrongdoing.”
Shelby County will have its first elected female District Attorney. Republican Amy Weirich and Democrat Carol Chumney will vie for that position August 2nd.
The property assessor Cheyenne Johnson trounced her opponent in the Democratic primary with 80 percent of the vote. She’ll face off against Republican real estate appraiser Tim Walton. Walton won his three-way primary with 38 percent of the vote.
If you’re a renter, you can be forgiven for not knowing what the property assessor does. Here’s how it works: The county commission sets the tax rate per $100 in property value. Then the assessor assigns a value to every piece of property in the county. (All told, it’s 385,000 properties.) The more the assessor says your property is worth, the more you pay in property taxes. The primaries for Shelby County Property Assessor are heated because the last time the property assessor completed a major reassessment was January 1, 2009, just after the housing market collapsed, and a lot of people thought that, given the market at the time, their 2009 assessment was too high.