News & Updates

Views and opinions about the key issues facing Nashville

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 »

June 03, 2018
I’m going to keep doing my job

With David Briley’s win on May 24, he has formally resigned as Vice Mayor. The vacancy will be filled in the scheduled August 2, 2018 election (perhaps followed by a… Read more »

May 31, 2018
What was in the soccer stadium bond resolution?

It looks like the Council has a new ordinance to consider on first reading next week that is aimed at removing the 10 acres of development from the soccer stadium… Read more »

May 21, 2018
What is the opposite of land banking?

The purpose of a land bank is to save surplus real estate to be available for future affordable housing developments. Since the cost of land in Nashville is what makes… Read more »

May 18, 2018
The budget problem and the proposal

For important background about the history of tax rates and property value reassessments, read this first. And also please read my May 11 post about this year’s budget. The central… Read more »

May 18, 2018
FAQs about $0.50 rate correction

Please read this and the posts linked there first. These are some of the questions I am hearing about the proposed $0.50 property tax rate adjustment: What is the proposal?… Read more »

May 18, 2018
Out of step with historic practice

Metro handled its property tax rates in a historically unusual way last year. Most of the time when Metro has done a periodic property value reassessment (which is required to… Read more »


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