Taxes, spending and debt

The Shelby County Commission meets Wednesday to take another stab at approving a balanced budget.

The economic downturn makes that task more difficult.

We’re rolling into Fiscal Year 2021 with little room for error. The county will collect less than originally expected this year and has lowered its projections for the next.

Some are calling for us to make up the revenue shortfall by increasing property tax rates. Here are a few reasons why that can’t happen.