The fact that Davidson County has the lowest combined property tax rate among the state’s four largest cities is proof that Metro has delivered on its promise to make government more efficient. So why would legislators want to undermine this progress?
This week in the Tennessee Legislature, a bill passed out of the House Local Government Subcommittee that would undo much of the government efficiency that has been created in Davidson County over the past 50 years under our metropolitan form of government. When the city of Nashville and Davidson County governments merged to form one metro government in 1963, the existing smaller cities such as Belle Meade, Berry Hill, Goodlettsville, Forest Hills, and Oak Hill were preserved and were allowed to keep delivering the city services they provided at the time of the city/county merger. That’s why Belle Meade, Berry Hill and Goodlettsville continue to operate a separate police force, in addition to the Metropolitan Police Department. But once Metro was formed, these satellite cities were not allowed to create new city services that were going to be provided by Metro. After all, the driving force behind the creation of Metro was to create a more efficient and cost-effective government.
as originally drafted, would allow satellite cities in future metropolitan governments to continue adding government services such as police, fire, jail, courts and public works. The bill was passed out of subcommittee by a voice vote on March 6 with an amendment that made the legislation apply to all existing metropolitan governments, including Nashville’s. This bill, in its current form, would encourage the expansion and duplication of government within Davidson County.
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce opposes HB1204/SB1285 because we advocate for a predictable business environment and oppose burdensome government regulation. We also want to make sure our local tax rates are competitive with other jurisdictions. Chamber members can use Middle Tennessee Business Voice
to share concerns about this legislation with members of the House Local Government Committee,
as well as the bill sponsors: Rep. David Alexander (Winchester), Rep. Joe Carr (Lascassas) and Sen. Jim Tracy (Shelbyville).