Nashville Mayor Cooper Promises to Drop 34 Percent Tax Increase ‘Soon’ – Council Members Say He’s Misleading Residents

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Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced Friday that the residents would soon see property tax rates decrease to levels seen years ago. According to several city council members, however, this may not really be the ideal property tax reduction that Cooper portrayed.

Cooper broke the news in a one-on-one interview with WSMV News4 Nashville on Friday morning.

“We’re going to be the lowest-taxed city, within a penny or two perhaps, ever in the state of Tennessee,” claimed Cooper.

 

At-large Councilman Bob Mendes took to Twitter to call Cooper’s announcement “misleading.” He claimed that Cooper was wrong to attribute the tax rate reduction to fiscal stewardship.

“EVERY reassessment cycle ever has reduced the property tax rate. Under State law, the city’s revenue NEVER increases due to reassessment. Property values go up, tax rate goes down a proportionate amount & city revenue stays the same. Always. Taking credit for this is nonsense,” wrote Mendes. “Often, over the decades, Metro increased taxes in the same year as a reassessment. When this happened – reassessment pushes the rate down automatically & then Metro nudges it up. In these years, the appearance was an overall tax RATE reduction even though TAXES PAID went up.”

At-large Metro City Councilman Steve Glover concurred with Mendes’ assessment, saying the law concerning property appraisals caused this to occur.

Glover referred The Tennessee Star to his Friday interview with 997 WTN news anchor Ken Weaver. In his interview, he pointed out that Nashville is required by law to lower property taxes due to heightened tax increases within reappraisals.

“Well, this is a classic smoke and mirrors game. I listened to the interview closely. […] What he said and what we’re going to do are two different things,” said Glover. “[I]f you have a substantial property tax increase in reappraisal […] by law, the property tax rate has to come back down to about the $3.15 range again.”

Glover said “drove him crazy” that politicians like Cooper aren’t telling the truth. He clarified that they have to adjust tax rates down as the property appraisal rates go up. That means many Nashville residents will likely still be paying what they were projected to owe under the property tax increase.

“That substantial increase you saw in 2021? That’s what you’re still going to pay. He’s not going to roll your taxes back to [where they were in] 2019. The amount you owe will still roughly be the same,” said Glover. “I’m surprised everyone down there [in Metro government] doesn’t have their arm in a sling from patting themselves on the back for everything.”

Ever since Cooper announced the 34 to 37 percent tax increase last year, residents have been fighting to repeal it. Local attorney Jim Roberts started a grassroots effort to ensure that any tax increases above 2 percent would be voted on by taxpayers. Although his Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act was struck down by Davidson County Chancellor Judge Ellen Hobbs Lyle late last fall, Roberts renewed his efforts earlier this year.

The push to adopt the act is still underway.

Glover said that, despite Cooper’s announcement, voters should still vote for the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act. He emphasized that Nashville government needs to be more responsible when it comes to handling taxpayer money.

“Why? It will change the rules. If we want to change the taxes greater than 3 percent, we need to give people the opportunity to vote,” said Glover. “Bottom line is simply this: I’m still going to vote [because] I believe the people should always have a vote. I believe anytime that people start to take advantage of you, [then] you need to have a say in what is going on.”

Cooper said that Nashville residents should receive their property appraisal letters by the end of this month.

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Corinne Murdock is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Mayor John Cooper” by Nashville.gov.

 

 

 

 

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8 Thoughts to “Nashville Mayor Cooper Promises to Drop 34 Percent Tax Increase ‘Soon’ – Council Members Say He’s Misleading Residents”

  1. Tajinder Kumar

    Election time.

  2. Tim Price

    Cooper is a Democrat and therefore he is a liar! All Democrats know how to do is to lie!

    End of story!

  3. 83ragtop50

    What a lie. Maybe the tax rate will eventually be reduced (doubtful) but the appraised values will cause the actual tax amount to increase. This scam has been played over and over by the Sumner County Commission. My taxes way out here in the sticks (where I prefer to live) have increased over 50% in the last two 5 year appraisal cycles. That sure as heck is not “revenue neutral” but the commissioners hide behind the potential confusion between rates and actual tax amounts. Just a bunch of lying politicians who can never satisfy their addition to spending more and more taxpayer money.

  4. Steve Allen

    Liberals never reduce taxes, but they do lie continually.

  5. Nancy

    I have had enough of the Jim and John Cooper dynasty! They only promote their own interests and not the public they serve! I hope 4Government, Attorney Jim Roberts will continue their fight to repeal lifetime health benefits for council members, 34% property tax increase and make it easier to recall council members and the Mayor!
    I would like to see 4Good Government, Jim Roberts file a petition similar to California Prop 13, that freezes property taxes at the level they are at when a person buys a home! When the home gets sold the property taxes goes to market rate and freezes at that rate! A lot of seniors and young people are having to make tough decisions about paying their property taxes or selling their homes! I would love to see something similar in Nashville! The local Davidson county GOP is supporting 4Good government, I hope they will start recruiting great candidates for all local races so we may have a strong competitive two party system in Davidson County!

  6. David Longfellow

    He is absolutely misleading his democrat constituents.
    Republicans are smart enough to understand that his taking credit for a tax “decrease” are intentionally misleading garbage. In Davidson country, if property values go up, tax rates go down. It is baked into the tax code here and has nothing to do with anything Cooper has done and everything to do with the increase in property value in Nashville.
    By the way, Cooper IS responsible for a 34% tax increase being spent on crap like diversity managers.

  7. rick

    Cooper is a Democratic liar and crook. He knows he will not be elected again based on his performance and this commie puke will try anything to win back the voters but, I guarantee you its misleading especially if Bob Mends, his partner in crime, says its misleading, but the council scum Cooper leads around by the nose are liars also . Clean out the courthouse and get rid of all the corrupt trash!!

  8. John Bumpus

    This is a nice juxtaposition of two mayors and two very different stories in today’s Tennessee Star. Maury County’s Andy Ogles and Davidson County’s John Cooper. Congratulations Mayor Ogles for your successful efforts in Maury County. A real accomplishment for the people of Maury County.

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