Memphis Mayor: "Iraq in Our Neighborhoods"

Memphis (AP) -- Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton said Tuesday the city's neighborhoods are like Iraq because of crime.

His comments came as he made his pitch for funding the war on crime to the Memphis City Council.

In his words:

"There's a war out there. We have Iraq in our neighborhoods, and it doesn't lend itself to people deliberating about taxes."

Herenton wants to put 500 new officers on the streets of Memphis over the next two years, raising property taxes by 50 cents to fund the additions.

The mayor told a city council budget committee that the city's fiscal health is improving, and he's expecting a $30 million budget surplus. Some city council members said part of that surplus should be used to fight crime, instead of increasing taxes.

Copyright 2006 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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