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December 15, 2018
Metro’s Audited Financials as of 6/30/2018

Metro’s Audited Financials for Fiscal Year 2018 were posted online yesterday. This post will run through the top dozen or so things I look at in the audited financials. I’m… Read more »

December 04, 2018
…more on the proposed AMZN incentive…

At the Council Budget & Finance Committee yesterday, the administration gave an extended description of how beneficial Amazon will be for Metro. The numbers were flying so fast, and (so… Read more »

November 30, 2018
Some things I think…

For a brief moment, I think there is no complicated legislation pending before the Council. Soccer, transit, transit oriented development, freezing tax increment financing, and an anemic operating budget are… Read more »

October 31, 2018
Church Street Park Appraisal(s)

Metro has posted an updated appraisal of Church Street Park dated October 12, 2018 here. The cover page of this update refers to a September 12 revision also. I asked… Read more »

October 18, 2018
The Other Charter Amendments

With early voting starting, I am getting a lot of questions about the other Charter amendments — Numbers 2 through 6. The text of the proposed amendments is here. A… Read more »

September 28, 2018
Update on BL -1319 about tax increment financing…

There’s a tax increment financing reform bill (BL2018-1319) on 3rd and final reading next week. The bill is here. Council Director Jameson’s analysis is here. My prior posts about -1319… Read more »

September 15, 2018
Metro Debt Dashboard

From time-to-time, I hunt around for precise numbers about Metro’s long term debt. I decided to collect the stats in one place. Here’s my Metro Debt Dashboard. I know some… Read more »

September 13, 2018
About TIF reform

In getting my thoughts together about my upcoming tax increment financing reform legislation, I put together a memo about how TIF works, how our 2016 reform impacted TIF, and how… Read more »

August 19, 2018
No Free Lunch

Is it possible to have A+ top-notch civic services and amenities AND a super-low property tax rate (both historically & compared to other Tennessee cities) AND no income tax? There… Read more »

August 15, 2018
I’ll vote in favor of the community oversight referendum

The Election Commission voted today to put the Community Oversight Board referendum on the upcoming November 6 ballot. I’ll vote in favor of the referendum. Nationally, community oversight and advisory… Read more »

August 08, 2018
Statement about shooting video

The video released today of the officer-involved fatal shooting of Mr. Hambrick is troubling. The video appears to show Mr. Hambrick being fatally shot in the back while running away… Read more »

July 16, 2018
Will the Council get the Donelson TOD right?

I’m prepping for the Council meeting this week and see the proposed Donelson transit-oriented development district up for 3rd reading again. I’ve worked hard trying to make this legislation better… Read more »

June 27, 2018
I’m a ‘no’ for the Donelson TOD

Tomorrow, the proposed Donelson transit-oriented redevelopment district is back before the Metro Planning Commission. I have been working for many months to see whether the legislation could be improved so that… Read more »

June 27, 2018
Financial assumptions behind Donelson TOD

This is the first of two posts about the proposed Donelson Transit-Oriented Redevelopment District. I have been working for many months to see whether the legislation could be improved so… Read more »

June 10, 2018
Updated FAQs about proposed 50 cent rate correction

As we get into the last few weeks of the Metro budget process, I have updated my frequently asked question list. You can see it here. Also, for a longer… Read more »

 

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