ISSUES

MOVING MEMPHIS FORWARD

Tami will fight alongside us for our neighborhoods, people, and planet to be the focus of our city planning, development, and infrastructure investments.

Current State

 

Memphis has a poor transportation system that has been underfunded for years. It takes the average worker 90 minutes to get to work in Memphis and that’s assuming they have a route even available to them.

Our relationship with TVA has been reliable, but costly: studies suggest renegotiating this relationship could reduce Memphians’ annual energy costs by hundreds of millions of dollars. Our mayor was committed to this relationship – and its costs – until this election year. Additionally, reports on the state of the climate are alarming and require immediate action from cities across the country. Worryingly, Memphis has no specific commitment to reaching 100% renewable energy levels. Our city is not following our peers to ensure future generations can live and flourish on our planet.

 

We are currently being sued by the state of Mississippi over our aquifer; if they win, we could be forced to pay millions in reparations to Mississippi. Notably, the current mayor has been completely silent on this issue and trusted Nashville to take care of us in Memphis, despite the fact they have a sparse track-record of ever doing so. Memphis has been noted to have some of the best water in the country, and we need to work and be diligent to keep it that way.

When we make investments in our roads and parks, we do so without a commitment to equity and often repave and beautify the Poplar corridor or other developing areas like Downtown and Crosstown dozens of times before doing the same to Raleigh, Hickory Hill, Whitehaven, or Orange Mound. Among the most egregious examples of inequitable distribution of resources is the creation of the Poplar Corridor TIF that turned over an estimated $42 million in city and county property tax dollars to a group of private developers to spend solely as they determine on infrastructure improvements just around Poplar Ave in East Memphis.

Memphis has an aging infrastructure that can be seen with the power outages that seem to get worse with each storm. Lead in our pipes can endanger our communities, especially our children, and we must be clear and transparent in assessing and solving those challenges.

Our citizens deserve more than a disconnected transit system, a blind eye to their needs until it’s an election year, and a mayor that doesn’t understand what’s at stake with our water and land.

What's Predictable​

If nothing changes, our citizens will continue to pay the price for leadership that doesn’t lead on environmental, connectivity, and infrastructure issues. Filling potholes is not just basic, it’s woefully insufficient in the world in which we live and want to keep living.

If nothing changes, we will continue to pay higher utility bills unnecessarily; continue to be unable to get to work on time or at all; continue to see our water sources under threat; continue to send our kids to schools with lead present in the water supply above what’s safe; and continue to have an infrastructure that doesn’t serve us.

In short, Memphians will continue to lose and at faster rates.

What Tami Will Fight For Instead

Tami will fight for a Memphis with a world-class public transportation system that gets Memphians and visitors around the city reliably, quickly, cleanly, and with the use of 21st century technology.

Memphians deserve a reliable and low-cost energy source, and a local government that protects our natural assets like our water aquifer, parks, and groundwater fiercely. Memphians deserve to have a city that reimagines its energy in these ways and also works to be more energy efficient, clean, and renewable.

 

She knows we can be a city that invests our dollars where they are needed most and with the input of our citizens to strengthen our decision-making in every department.

 

She also believes that we can create great jobs for our citizens as we green our city to lead on this issue for the future of our children and grandchildren.

Tami's Priorities

  • Institute a budget process that is both participatory and equity focused, where every department is required to create their budget and plans alongside our citizens in public forums and will have to demonstrate how every dollar is considered to first be spent where it is needed most.

  • Increase investments in MATA and develop public-private partnerships for a much-needed, re-vamped and modernized transportation system that also reduces carbon dioxide emission levels.

  • Commit to a goal of making a complete transition to 100% renewable energy sources no later than 2050.

  • Support MLGW in the development of a local energy portfolio with a mixture of local gas-fired and renewable units by 2024.

  • Ensure our energy supplier - TVA or otherwise - is capable and committed to our renewable energy goals while also able to provide Memphians with more reliable, lower-cost energy.

  • Insist that every report, study, plan, etc. of city government is posted online and is accessible to all Memphians.

  • Protect our water aquifer by educating Memphians about the issues we are confronted with and fighting the threats to our clean water resources.

  • Publish regular reports to the public about the state of our water resources and the risks to our community.

CONTRIBUTE TO BUILD MORE OPPORTUNITIES IN MEMPHIS.

Memphis youth need opportunities that prepare them for school, life, and career success.

Paid for by Tami Sawyer for Mayor, Tim Ware, Treasurer