Nashville Mayor John Cooper enters office with a strong mandate from the city’s voters. Nearly 70% backed him and the ideas he championed, which were numerous and detailed: He proudly handed out 46-page policy platform booklets while campaigning.
The majority of Nashville’s libraries would have to close if a special referendum succeeds in rolling back Metro’s recent 34% property tax increase. That’s the fear being shared by Nashville Public Library Director Kent Oliver. Just two or three of Nashville’s 21 libraries would be able to stay open — likely the main downtown library and two large regional branches.
Nashville voters could end up seeing two Metro Charter amendments on a special ballot in December, with major implications for the power of the city council.
In February, Bordeaux Councilmember Kyontzè Toombs listened to North Nashville residents share their concerns about looming property tax increase. Now she will run the committee that’s in charge of the city’s budget.
Calls to “defund the police” have become ubiquitous in recent weeks. But the phrase means different things for different people — from reducing spending on law enforcement to completely abolishing the police department.
Nashville residents will pay dramatically higher property taxes in the coming year after the Metro Council approved a rate increase of about 34% early Wednesday morning.
Nashville’s Metro Council could finalize the next city budget on Tuesday night, with each of the competing proposals aiming to raise property taxes to varying degrees. A tax increase of 32% to 34% is possible, arriving at a time of financial hardship for many residents and also for the Metro government.
Nashville’s potential property tax increase is becoming more clear, as the Metro Council’s budget chairman said Monday he’ll pursue a tax increase of nearly 34%, which is slightly higher than the mayor’s earlier draft budget.
Protest and politics. That’s the philosophy of the Equity Alliance, one of the organizers of last weekend’s “I Will Breathe” Rally.
Less money for Nashville police — and more money for education, housing and social services. That was the funding shift requested last night from as many as 200 people who spoke to the Metro Council.