Early Voting at 16 sites begins on September 18:
Early Vote Friday, Sept. 18 – Sat. Oct. 3
Election Day is Thursday, Oct. 8
You can vote at any location no matter where in Memphis you live. Click “more” for locations
Read Kemp Conrad’s guest column in the Commercial Appeal.
There’s one rule that even our children understand: When you’re in a hole, you quit digging.
That’s why I proposed at our Feb. 7 meeting of the Memphis City Council an amendment to the city charter that would require city officials to create a disciplined, six-year operating and capital budget — a fiscal strategic plan. If approved by the City Council, Memphis’ citizens would vote in a referendum on whether this important fiscal discipline should be added to our charter. Unfortunately, a council vote on the charter amendment was delayed and the administration opposed it.
While such a plan would allow for flexibility, it would chart the fiscal affairs for our city and approach the allocation of scarce capital more like a business. City government is, of course, not a business, but that doesn’t mean I can’t operate in a businesslike way. Politics will always play a role; however, decision-making and policy should not be driven primarily by brute political force, as they are now. Serious times call for a serious approach to governing.
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