The dispute concerning the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act will go to trial October 26 through October 28, per the orders of Davidson County Chancery Court Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle.
This, according to Nashville attorney Jim Roberts. As reported, Roberts is fighting the Davidson County Election Commission to get the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act referendum on the December 5 ballot. He said Commission members are playing unfair games with him and the public.
“Things are about to get real exciting for lack of a better term,” Roberts told The Tennessee Star Saturday.
“You should be angry that the Metro Government is going to such incredible lengths to keep this off the ballot.”
As reported, The Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act referendum, if approved, would roll back Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s 34 to 37 percent tax increase.
As reported last month, members of the Davidson County Election Commission voted to neither approve nor reject the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act. They instead passed the matter on to a chancery court to guide them on how to proceed, and also moved the “conditional” date of the election from December 5 to December 15.
“We really do see this as a conspiracy to violate the civil rights of the voters of Davidson County,” Roberts said Saturday.
“It is a civil rights violation [concerning] people’s First Amendment right to vote and First Amendment right to speak out on what this petition is. It is being suppressed by this government for no reason other than they are just scared of it.”
Davidson County Election Commissioner Jeff Roberts, in an email to The Star, said he had no comment and that early voting for the November 3 election was monopolizing his time.
Roberts, meanwhile, said he plans to subpoena Metro Legal Director Bob Cooper in the case.
As reported, members of the Davidson County Election Commission met privately last month. At least one of the five commission members refused to say what they discussed, even though it was government business. Roberts, at the time said he suspected commission members met to discuss ways to undermine the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act.
“We will subpoena Bob Cooper because we believe the secret meetings that were held were done to thwart the citizens’ civil rights,” Roberts said Saturday.
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