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Views and opinions about the key issues facing Nashville

May 02, 2016
FY2017 Budget Ordinance

Here’s the FY2017 Budget Ordinance, BL2016-232. I believe the Mayor’s Office filed it with the Metro Clerk on April 29. This is the proposed operating budget. The Mayor is expected… Read more »

May 01, 2016
Pre-Budget Process Thoughts

As we enter the Metro budget season, here’s where my thoughts are: $121 million in expected new revenue: Metro is projecting that its revenue will grow by 6.1% in Fiscal… Read more »

April 20, 2016
Update From 4/19 Council Meeting

Here’s a quick update of the highlights from last night’s Council meeting: RESOLUTION NO. RS2016-172: We approved a supplemental appropriation for approximately $3 million to various Metro agencies and departments…. Read more »

April 06, 2016
State Legislature + Confirmation =

This was inspired by the combination of two events today: (1) the unjust actions of our State legislature; and (2) my 8th grade daughter asking, as part of her preparation… Read more »

April 06, 2016
Update From 4/5 Council Meeting

I passed my first ordinance last night. I am probably over-happy about that. I’ve written about it before here and here. This ordinance changes the way Metro handles tax increment… Read more »

March 17, 2016
Update From 3/15 Council Meeting

My TIF ordinance passed 2nd reading last night. Two veteran Councilmembers told me (nicely) that I made a rookie mistake by not taking the opportunity to talk about the ordinance so… Read more »

March 10, 2016
“Debt Service Taxes” In Proposed TIF Ordinance

I was approached this week by a lawyer who told me he is working with one of the bidders on MDHA’s Rolling Mill Hill property. He wanted to talk about… Read more »

March 03, 2016
Notes from 3/1 Council Meeting

I want to share three things from this week’s Council meeting. County Medical Examiner Appointment: The Rules Committee was asked to consider the appointment of Dr. Feng Li as County… Read more »

February 25, 2016
New TIF Ordinance

The new TIF ordinance that Councilmember Erica Gilmore and I filed will be considered by the Council for first reading on March 1, 2016. Both MDHA and Metro Legal agreed… Read more »

February 10, 2016
Last Week’s $10 Million For Metro General

I keep thinking about the $10 million supplemental appropriation the Council approved for Metro General Hospital on February 2.  Keep in mind that this is a huge budget miss –… Read more »

January 29, 2016
CM Greene

This afternoon, I had a chance to read the full Motion to Revoke, Increase, or Alter Bail filed by the DA’s office yesterday.  The statements in that motion are very… Read more »

January 27, 2016
Amend the Rutledge Hill Redevelopment Plan

Last week, I filed an ordinance along with co-sponsor Councilmember Erica Gilmore to amend the Rutledge Hill Redevelopment Plan. The Metro Council passed this redevelopment plan in 1980, and has amended it… Read more »

January 22, 2016
With all of the focus recently on affordable housing…

With all of the focus recently on affordable housing in Nashville, I woke up this morning thinking about my first trial, back in 1991. For my legal career, it was… Read more »

January 21, 2016
Where Are We On Affordable Housing?

Last summer, the Metro Council passed an ordinance requiring the Planning Department to submit an inclusionary zoning law back to the Council within 6 months.  On January 14, the Planning Commission rejected the Planning… Read more »

December 09, 2015
CAFR FYE 6/30/15 (a.k.a. “The 2015 Metro Audit Is Out”)

On December 8, 2015, the Department of Finance released the Consolidated Annual Financial Report for the year ended June 30, 2015. In accounting-ese, that’s the CAFR FYE 6/30/15. For the… Read more »