Most small businesses owned by people of color have lost more than half of their revenue during the pandemic.
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.
A Nashville neighborhood is debating the practicality of a street name change that would honor a Civil Rights icon. After hearing from residents, councilmembers on Tuesday shortened the boundaries of where the name change would occur.
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.
So far, Hispanic Nashvillians have received 2% of the city’s pandemic assistance money that’s designated for rent, mortgage and utility assistance.
Nashville residents are one step closer to seeing a special election in December that could alter the city charter.
Many evictions are once again suspended in Davidson county. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a national moratorium to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On Friday, the courts in Davidson county issued new guidance that protects people who can’t pay rent.
On Friday and Saturday nights, thousands of people packed the sidewalks waiting to get into honky tonks, where strict capacity limits are in place because of COVID-19. So on Sunday, the city closed the street to give them space for queuing up.
Nashville could soon expand which city employees have the power to issue citations during public health emergencies.