TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Jan 6, 2016

An opinion issued today by Attorney General Herbert Slatery III said that Shelby County government is not responsible for an estimated $1.1 billion liability for retiree health benefits from Memphis City Schools. The opinion did not outline who is responsible for paying the debt. Shelby County commissioners say the city should assume the debt, but Memphis mayor Jim Strickland said the debt from the liabilities, known as OPEB, should stay with the school district. "The attorney general was not asked if city government is responsible for the special school district debt. The attorney general was asked if Shelby County government was responsible for the special school district debt,” Strickland said. Read more from The Commercial Appeal.