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.
Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle is planning to issue a decision on the fate of the city’s tax referendum by Election Day on Nov. 3.
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.
Nashville property tax bills will begin going out to residents next week, even as city leaders and a conservative group head to court over a referendum proposal that wants to limit the Metro Council’s power and stop the recently increased property tax from taking effect.
Nashville residents are a step closer to knowing if there will be a special election for a referendum on the local government. The ‘Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act’ petition would call off the planned property tax increase, limit the city’s ability to issue bonds and allocate public land for private projects.
The Davidson County Election Commission wants to get a court’s opinion on a referendum that could cancel the upcoming property tax increase and significantly reduce the Metro Council’s power.
Metro says the city is moving to freeze hiring, and that just putting the tax referendum to a vote will cost the city $9 million.
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.
Nashville public officials and business leaders are condemning a plan to roll back the 34% property tax increase that councilmembers passed in June. The Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act wants to limit the city’s ability to give public land to private entities and slow property tax increases.