Voters in Memphis, Millington and unincorporated Shelby County will decide in November if there should be a half-cent countywide sales tax increase to help fund the county's public schools.
On Monday the Shelby County Commission overrode Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell's veto of a sales-tax referendum, with an eight-vote majority.
The deciding vote was cast by Commissioner Melvin Burgess, an employee of Memphis City Schools, who received an opinion from the county attorney's office that it was not necessary to recuse himself from voting.
"We all want a world-class education system and you have to pay," Burgess said in support of his vote. "I believe it is our duty to put that question to the people," he said of the referendum.
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