Bob Mendes

At-Large Council Member

Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County

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News & Updates

Impact of economic development spending on property tax rate

When I proposed an increased property tax rate last year, one of the arguments against was that the city should stop all the corporate giveaways before thinking about a rate… Read more »

New TIF legislation

The Metro Tax Increment Financing Study and Formulating Committee released its report last week. The TIF committee will give a presentation about the report in the Council Chamber on May… Read more »

TIF Study & Formulating Committee report is out today

Since last November, I have been the chair of the Metro Tax Increment Financing Study and Formulating Committee. This is a new group to study how Metro uses tax increment financing… Read more »

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Important Issues

When our city sets its mind on something, we achieve it. We prioritized Downtown, and now no one can deny that our Downtown area is bigger, more beautiful, and better organized. But our city is made up of dozens of other neighborhoods, and it’s past time to put our focus on them.

We are in dire need of infrastructure improvements around the county to better solve our traffic and housing problems. Our growing affordability crisis means we are pushing people to the edges of the county and beyond, but we aren’t investing in transportation infrastructure to get those folks to and from their jobs. Our decision-making should be driven by careful planning and innovative solutions.

Our city has a responsibility to keep its word, whether that means giving our employees their promised pay raises or being good stewards of public finances. That’s why on the Metro Council, Bob led the charge to honor the cost of living raises for our teachers and government workers. It’s also why Bob has pushed for better fiscal accountability.

A city that is as successful as Nashville should not struggle to meet its obligations. Bob believes we can face these challenges, but only through transparency and honesty – not through backroom deals and broken agreements.

To live in a town that’s booming should be an asset to everyone. While many are reaping the benefits of the “It City,” some are being left behind. We need leadership that remembers that many people don’t look at our shiny new city and see opportunity – they see their costs going up.

On the Council, Bob has fought for quality affordable housing and equity measures. Additionally, as Nashville has shepherded major business and development deals, Bob has been the voice in the room that raised concerns about accountability and feasibility. We can count on Bob to continue to fight for a fair and equitable city.