Nashville Metro wants to tell you all about the light rail transit plan ahead of the May 1 referendum — and wants the taxpayers to pick up the tab.
The “Transit Talk” offers groups a speaker to answer any questions about “Let’s Move Nashville.” All you have to do is go to the city’s Let’s Move Nashville website, fill out a questionnaire with the time and date, and tell them how many attendees you expect, and the city will send a speaker.
“If you are a part of a Neighborhood Association or other group that meets regularly and would like to learn more about the proposal, please fill out the form below. We will be in touch to schedule your transit talk,” the Let’s Move Nashville says.
Erin Hafkenschiel, director of the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Sustainability, said the talks will help voters make an informed vote at the polls, WKRN reports.
Even though Metro Council voted last week to publish a more accurate cost estimate of $9 billion on the May 1 ballot, the Let’s Move Nashville website, which aims to “educate” voters, continues to claim the transit system will cost $5.2 billion. It is not known if the speakers will disclose the total cost during their appearances.
In a promotional video on the Let’s Move Nashville website, Mayor Megan Barry says, “All of us who live in Nashville understand why so many others want to come to Nashville: our city has it all. Our economy is thriving.”
Perhaps Barry should check the plan’s proposed tax increases. The Let’s Move Nashville website glosses over various tax increases needed to pay for the plan, such as Nashville tying for the highest sales tax in the nation. Also, the city is experiencing a health insurance funding shortfall for retirees to the tune of nearly $3 billion
Watch Mayor Megan Barry’s promotional video: