Backers of a referendum to restrain the power of the Metro Council have virtually no time to appeal ahead of the July 27 vote.
Chancellor Russell T. Perkins struck down a referendum that could have dramatically altered the functioning of Metro government by restricting property tax rates, limiting how much elected officials should get in benefits and making a host of other changes.
Nashville lawyer Jim Roberts has made feisty lawsuits against the Metro government a central part of his practice. So when a substantial property tax increase passed, he says some downtown business owners began seeking an attorney, and his name quickly surfaced.
Both the Davidson County Election Commission and the group “4Good Government” are heading to court to try to hash out whether a proposed referendum will appear on a special ballot in December.