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Several new proposals will likely hit the fan during final vote of budget

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Councilman Lee Harris will be the swing vote. Councilman Lee Harris will be the swing vote.
Several new proposals, finger pointing and controversy over catered council lunches will likely hit the fan Tuesday. Several new proposals, finger pointing and controversy over catered council lunches will likely hit the fan Tuesday.
Councilman Edmund Ford, Junior amended his original proposal Friday. Councilman Edmund Ford, Junior amended his original proposal Friday.
Councilman Harold Collins released his budget proposal Monday. Councilman Harold Collins released his budget proposal Monday.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A tax hike, job cuts, and elimination of city services are at stake as many anxiously wait for the final vote on the Memphis City budget.

Several new proposals, finger pointing and controversy over catered council lunches will likely hit the fan Tuesday.

Councilman Lee Harris could not attend last week's budget meeting that ended with no final votes on the budget and tax hike.

Harris will be the swing vote. He plans to resurrect the vote to cut catered council lunches, which failed in a tie last week.

"Based on the tally I've received, the vote for catered lunches was 6-6. Well, guess what? Lee Harris is against catered lunches," he said.

Meanwhile, Councilman Edmund Ford, Junior amended his original proposal Friday.

He said with input from other council members, the state comptroller, and the Memphis mayor – he wants to make cuts mostly at the executive level, balance the city's accounts, reverse employees' 4.6 percent pay cut, and restore funding to parks and community centers.

"Our certified tax rate is $3.36. In my proposal, we can have everything the comptroller needs, everything the citizens need, and everything the employees need at a rate lower than the certified tax rate," he said.

Councilman Harold Collins released his budget proposal Monday.

"It restores the 4.6 percent for all the employees, pays on the debt, puts money in the reserves, and more importantly, it's less than the state comptroller says we have to have," he said.

Before the pay cut is restored, Harris is asking for an end to the court fight over wages between the city and the unions.

He sent a letter to the unions Monday.

"I'd like to see that lawsuit settled and, or dismissed so we can move forward, lock arms and do this together," said Collins.

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