News & Updates

Views and opinions about the key issues facing Nashville

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 »

May 11, 2018
um…about the budget…

The proposed FY19 Metro budget has been out for ten days now…and it’s not good…and this is just the first year of a multi-year problem. The quick top line summary… Read more »

May 07, 2018
TIF step-by-step

With the budget crunch this year, many people are asking legitimate questions about when and how tax increment financing (TIF) is used. Some of those conversations are getting bogged down… Read more »

May 05, 2018
Storm has been brewing for a while…

People in Nashville are understandably angry about having a tight budget in boom times. But this storm has been brewing for a while. During the 2015 election season, one of… Read more »

May 02, 2018
Chasing Down Line 7777

I’ve talked to some MNPS advocates who are bothered annually by Line 7777 in the MNPS budget. It’s called Property Tax Refund and is just over $9 million for the… Read more »

April 16, 2018
Transit/Affordability – April 16 Update

This is my next update about how affordability will interact with transit-oriented development in Nashville. This post is a little (a lot??) wonky — sorry about that. If you need… Read more »

April 11, 2018
Transit/Affordability Taskforce Update

About 5 weeks ago, I wrote about the status of Metro implementing the recent Transit & Affordability Taskforce recommendations related to affordable housing. You can read that post here. Since… Read more »

March 04, 2018
Transit/Affordability Taskforce – 2 Months Later

Transit is about more than trains and buses. It is also about how high-capacity transit corridors will interact with neighbors, residents, and existing small businesses. Last fall, the Mayor appointed… Read more »