News & Updates

Views and opinions about the key issues facing Nashville

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 »

February 01, 2018
What’s next for the transit referendum?

As Nashville digests yesterday’s news about the Mayor, many people are asking what it might mean for the transit referendum. The Council is set to vote on our third and… Read more »

January 31, 2018
Where to start?

This evening, Mayor Barry acknowledged publicly that she had an extramarital affair with her now former security detail leader. It’s shocking news. As an At-Large member of the Metro Council,… Read more »

January 25, 2018
The $5.4B is for new rail AND bus capital costs

This week, I have been trying to clean up some discrepancies and debates that are going on about the proposed transit plan. My earlier posts are here and here. One… Read more »

January 24, 2018
Getting to the bottom of the debate over $5.4B versus $8.9B

There has been some debate about whether the upcoming transit referendum language should include just the capital cost of the transit plan in 2017 dollars ($5,354,000,000) or also include additional… Read more »

January 23, 2018
Transit thoughts – 1/23/18

Last August, I put out a list of questions I would need answered in order to vote to put the transit initiative on the May 1 ballot. The proposed Transit… Read more »

January 21, 2018
STR transparency…

In the last few hours, I started getting this form email urging, for the first time, that Council members abstain on Bill -608. To be clear, it is very likely that… Read more »