Memphis Blues: How Corporate Property Tax Breaks and Stadium Subsidies are Sapping the City's Fiscal Strength

Thomas Cafcas with Kasia Tarczynska, Philip Mattera and Greg LeRoy
Date Published
06/2014

The City of Memphis has chosen to deliberately avoid its municipal pension obligations at the same time it has granted a series of costly property tax abatements, or PILOTs, to large corporations such as Nike and International Paper while also taking on big debt obligations to benefit other companies such as Electrolux
and Bass Pro and professional sports franchises.