Nashville’s 34 Percent Property Tax Increase Earns Tennessee Pork of the Year Award


Nashville’s 34 percent property tax increase is the “Pork of the Year,” according to the Beacon Center of Tennessee’s annual Pork Report, which the organization released Tuesday.

Staff at the Beacon Center of Tennessee say that their annual Tennessee Pork Report reveals millions of dollars in government waste, fraud, and abuse.

Beacon is a right-of-center think tank.

“At a time when Nashville is among the hottest cities in the country and has skyrocketing tax revenue, the city is somehow still in massive debt,” according to a press release that the Nashville-based Beacon emailed Tuesday.

“Instead of making the changes necessary to fix the problem, such as reforming its unbelievably generous city pension system, enacting a spending cap, or getting rid of the egregious lifetime health insurance benefits for Council members, the mayor and City Council raised taxes on hard-working Nashvillians while making absolutely no sacrifices themselves.”

Representatives for Nashville Mayor John Cooper did not return The Tennessee Star’s request for comment Tuesday.

Beacon staff, in their report, also said that finance guru Dave Ramsey accepted $2 million in tax money to expand his headquarters in Franklin. As reported last year, Ramsey hosts his nationally-syndicated radio talk show from a new facility there.

Ramsey’s staff did not return a request for comment Tuesday.

Other 2020 Pork Report entries included:

• The city of Chattanooga spent more than $6 million on unused street lights.

• The city of Knoxville and Knox County bailing out Zoo Knoxville, an entity that Beacon staff said shouldn’t have accepted public funding in the first place.

• The Memphis EDGE board used tax dollars to fund the NBC television series Bluff City Law, which the network later cancelled.

This is the 15th such report that Beacon has published.

As The Star reported last year, the 2019 Tennessee Pork Report cited various examples of waste, fraud, and abuse, including Graceland’s veiled threats to move out of Memphis, which landed the property $75 million in tax dollars. Another example — officials in the financially-strapped city of Nashville giving millions of dollars to Amazon and the NFL draft.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]







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5 Thoughts to “Nashville’s 34 Percent Property Tax Increase Earns Tennessee Pork of the Year Award”

  1. Ben Taibi

    This is upsetting. I am relocating to Tennessee soon from New York precisely to avoid the waste, lack of representation, inept management and disrespect for family values that we watched destroy quality of life and local economies – I hope the people of Tennessee choose to reject those politicians who support those same bad ideas that made New York dangerous, unlivable and unaffordable. It is not too late. Those radical politicians will force their ideas on them, ignoring community input and I guarantee they won’t be happy with the changes.

    1. 83ragtop50

      Unfortunately many others who preceded you in moving from the terrible places to Tennessee brought their tax and spend mentality with them. Now they control a lot of the politics.

  2. Ed

    Vote out and reject modern democrat tax and spend ideas and send them to Ca. or NY.

  3. David S Blackwell RN, BSN

    Nashville can pick some winners for sure.

  4. rick

    Commie Cooper the extra chromosome Democratic communist crook Mayor, makes his party proud, he is a POS along with the majority of the gutter trash on Metro Council. Liars, theifs and scum one and all. The democrat party symbol is a jackass, Cooper represents it well.. Damn crook!!!