Members of the Nashville Metro Council are evidently not keen on the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act.
As reported, The Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act referendum, if approved, would roll back Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s 34 to 37 percent tax increase.
The Tennessean reported Wednesday that Metro Council members formally oppose the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act.
Metro Council member At-Large Steve Glover, meanwhile, told The Tennessee Star Wednesday his colleagues rejected a bill he put forward that he said would have given one more option to voters to say the Council can’t raise taxes more than 6 percent in a year or 12 percent over a two-year period maximum.
“Voters would have to vote on letting us do that,” Glover said.
“It gave a lot more room to the government. Six percent is more than fair.”
The other 40 Metro Council members did not return The Tennessee Star’s requests for comment Wednesday.
As reported last week, a 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.
Glover said his colleagues went out of their way to stifle his bill.
“I wanted to defer my bill one meeting and let the judge make the ruling on November 3. It may be that the judge calls it unconstitutional. [Maybe] it won’t get on the ballot. But what they did was they moved to defer it indefinitely,” Glover said.
“[Metro Council member] Freddie O’Connell moved to defer it until Aug. 23 of 2023, the last Council meeting there will be of this term. Which basically is of no use to the taxpayers whatsoever. None.”
But Glover said he won’t stop fighting for taxpayers.
“The taxpayers should be fuming that there has been no action by this legislative body, by the people they elect to be their voice to help them at all, None,” Glover said.
“All this body has done is figure out ways to take more advantage of them than even the mayor tried to do.”
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.
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