TN: Settlement reached for black-majority town in takeover case

Source: SFGate

“After alleging that Tennessee’s top leaders were placing unfair scrutiny over a predominantly [b]lack town’s finances, the small town of Mason announced Wednesday it had reached a deal halting the threat of a state takeover of its finances. The agreement, which the NAACP described as a settlement, marks a victory for town officials who had argued the state was treating Mason’s majority-[b]lack leaders differently than they have white administrators who also struggled with finances. ‘This settlement agreement is a good thing for the citizens of the town and it’s a good thing for African Americans across the country,’ said NAACP President Derrick Johnson. The issue began when Comptroller Jason Mumpower asked Mason’s town leaders to surrender their charter, pointing to ongoing years of financial mismanagement. After Mason voters refused to do so, Mumpower later said the state would take over its financial supervision.” (05/04/22)