SAVE NASHVILLE NOW SUSPENDS CAMPAIGN (Press Release, June 23)
Save Nashville Now announced today the campaign is suspending operations, effective June 30th, after yesterday’s ruling from Chancery Court.
Chancery Court Judge Russell Perkins ruled the 4GoodGovernment referendum was unconstitutional.
He ordered the July 27th election cancelled.
Chancellor Perkins’ ruling, as filed, can be viewed here.
Nashville judge strikes down anti-tax referendum (Tennessee Lookout, June 22)
A Nashville judge ruled on Tuesday that a citizen group seeking to make drastic changes to the Metro charter did not follow the appropriate laws on petition-driven ballot initiatives and struck down a referendum election that was scheduled for July 27.
Judge rules anti-property tax referendum invalid, cancels July 27 election in win for Nashville leaders (Tennessean, June 22)
Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s newly approved budget, including millions for teacher and employee raises, will remain intact for now.
A referendum aimed at rolling back last year’s property tax increase — a move that could have blown a hole of more than $40 million in the city budget — is invalid and cannot go before voters on July 27 for consideration, a judge ruled Tuesday.
The decision by Davidson County Chancellor Russell Perkins gave Metro leaders a significant win and allows them to breathe a sigh of relief just days after the Metro Council gave final approval to next year’s spending plan. The judge ordered the July 27 election canceled. But the election commission may still appeal the ruling with the hopes of placing the matter before voters.
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Joins Save Nashville Now Coalition Working to Defeat Dangerous Referendum (Press Release, June 14)
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has joined a coalition of businesses, labor unions, faith groups and community organizations focused on defeating the July 27 “4 Good Government” referendum. The Save Nashville Now coalition is working to build awareness among Nashvillians that, should this referendum pass, it would result in drastic cuts to city services.
Greater Nashville Realtors Opposes July Referendum (Press Release, June 11)
In a post to its website, Greater Nashville Realtors underscored its opposition to the July referendum, outlining how, if passed, it would “result in deep cuts to critical services we all depend on, as well as stopping progress in Nashville.”
Nashville For All of Us Stands Behind Campaign to Defeat Misguided, Reckless Referendum (Press Release, June 10)
Nashville For All of Us (N4AOU) leaders said today that its coalition is determined to defeat the secretly-funded July referendum, saying it “flies in the face of who we are as Nashvillians.” N4AOU is a coalition of residents, community and advocacy organizations, faith and immigrant groups, business leaders and local media which formed in 2009 to defeat the“English Only” charter change referendum.
Nashville Students, Teachers Will Bear the Immediate Costs of Reckless July Referendum (Press Release, June 9)
Metropolitan Nashville Education Association (MNEA) president Amanda Kail spoke out on behalf of teachers, students and families to condemn the harmful, reckless July referendum and immediate impact it will have on Nashville’s entire public education system.
Dueling campaigns form over Nashville’s anti-tax referendum as legal decision looms (Tennessean, June 9)
As the legal quarrel over the July 27 anti-tax referendum plays out in court, two vying groups have launched dueling campaigns over the ballot initiatives that would significantly shift Metro Nashville’s power.
Grassroots group fighting against the property tax referendum; says it will hurt public services (WSMV, June 8)
A Nashville grassroots group is speaking up even louder against a referendum set to be on the ballot on July 27 and it has to do with how much Nashville resident property taxes could rise.
The group is called “Save Nashville Now” It’s a coalition of several people and groups across the city who want to stop the referendum that people will cast their vote on next month.
“They want to roll things back to 2019 levels. if you recall, things were so bad in 2019 that over 1000 teachers walked out to call attention to the conditions in our classroom,” said Amanda Kail, the President of Metro Nashville Education Association. The association joined with Save Nashville Now to put a stop to the referendum.
Save Nashville Now launches TV ad campaign against property tax referendum (News Channel 5, June 8)
A pair of television ads that launched Monday urge people to vote down changes to Nashville’s charter.
The pair of 30-second ads suggest reversing 2020’s 34% property tax increase, and requiring a vote for any future increase over 3% is too consequential.
Nashville Anti-Poverty Coalition Raises Alarm, Concern Over Devastating Impact of July Referendum on Low-Income Families(Press Release, June 8)
A Voice for the Reduction of Poverty — a broad, non-partisan coalition of Nashville non-profit organizations, community members, clergy, civic and business leaders, and advocates focused on addressing economic disparity — raised serious concerns about the harmful impact the July referendum will have on low-income families and future efforts to ensure all Nashville residents benefit from increased economic growth.
Save Nashville Now begins television ads opposing Metro referendum (Tennessee Lookout, June 7)
With the legal future of the Metro charter referendum still hanging in the balance, Save Nashville Now, the coalition of business groups, left-leaning grassroots organizations and labor unions, will launch its television ad campaign beginning Monday.
The group is launching two 30-second ads warning of the negative impacts the charter amendment proposals would have on Metro government’s operations.
Save Nashville Now Begins Paid Media Campaign (Press Release, June 7)
Commercials highlight possible cuts in education and first responders
Today, Save Nashville Now began its paid media campaign with two thirty-second television commercials.
consequences if this radical referendum passes on July 27 .
Nashville chamber, election law group supporting Metro in legal fight over property tax referendum (Tennessean, June 4)
Two local groups have expressed support for the Metro government in an intensifying legal fight over the anti-property tax referendum.
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, along with election law advocacy group Tennesseans for Sensible Election Laws, filed an amicus brief Friday in Metro’s case against the Davidson County Election Commission.
“Both organizations are concerned with the DCEC’s seemingly partisan-motivated, selective interpretations and abrupt change in position regarding long-established rules,” said attorney Daniel Horwitz, who represents both groups in the brief.
Stand Up Nashville! Calls on Neighborhood Groups, Community Activists, Residents to Mobilize, Organize Against Unjust July Referendum (Press Release, June 3)
Defeat Critical in Fight for Working Families, Communities of Color
Odessa Kelly, executive director of Stand Up Nashville (SUN), said today that the grassroots advocacy organization has begun mobilizing its members to fight against the July referendum, which would disproportionately impact communities of color and working families.
Equity Alliance Fund Leader Sees Tougher Road Ahead for Nashville Neighborhoods, Recovery Efforts if Dangerous Referendum Approved (Press Release, May 28)
The Equity Alliance Fund Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Tequila Johnson warned that the damage caused by the dangerous July referendum would create a “tougher road ahead,” especially for Black communities and neighborhoods struggling to recover in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nashville-based non-partisan advocacy organization is dedicated to expanding civic engagement and political participation among the city’s Black communities.
Dangerous Referendum Would Severely Threaten New Investment, Economic Opportunities (Press Release, May 27)
Nashville Business Coalition says referendum would “…undercut our strengths by destabilizing our government”
Nashville Business Coalition Executive Director Joseph Woodson warned today that the July referendum would undermine economic progress and severely threaten efforts and opportunities to bring new investment and good- paying jobs to Nashville-Davidson County.
Nashville’s LGBT Chamber Head Says Reckless Referendum Would Significantly Set Back Progress to Expand Opportunities for LGBTQ and Other Diverse Small Businesses (Press Release, May 26)
Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce CEO Joe Woolley today made clear that Nashville’s LGBTQ and other diverse and minority-owned small businesses would face significant setbacks in their efforts to expand economic opportunity across the city if the reckless July referendum is successful. He also said the organization would employ its vast network to advocate against it.
NOAH Chair Underscores Serious Impact Referendum Would Have on Nashville’s Vulnerable Communities, Effort to Combat Affordable Housing Crisis (Press Release, May 25)
Rev. Edward Thompson, Chair of Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH), a faith-based coalition of congregations, community organizations and labor unions which works to combat economic injustice and give voice to traditionally marginalized people, underscored the serious impact the referendum would have on Nashville’s neighborhoods and efforts to combat the city’s affordable crisis.
Metro Nashville Minority Caucus Slams Referendum (Press Release, May 21)
“Make no mistake, this referendum is a direct assault on Nashville’s minority communities”
The Metropolitan Minority Caucus of Nashville today spoke out against the referendum being pushed by a group of radical extremists and the disproportionate impact it would have on Nashville’s minority neighborhoods. The 11-member caucus represents tens of thousands of residents in Davidson County’s Black, Hispanic and Muslim communities.
Dr. Chris Jackson, president of the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship and pastor of Pleasant Green Baptist Church today urged fellow faith leaders from across Nashville to stand in solidarity against the “hostile” referendum being pushed by a group of radical extremists, adding his voice to the growing chorus of influential Nashville leaders taking a public stand against the damaging measure.
News Channel 5 interview with Metro Nashville School Board Chairwoman Christiane Buggs (May 19):
Metro Nashville School Board Chairwoman Warns of Threat Posed by Reckless July Referendum (Press Release, May 19)
Metro Nashville School Board Chairwoman Christiane Buggs today joined a growing coalition of Nashville community leaders speaking out against the dangerous referendum being pursued by a group of radical extremists. She warned of the impact of this referendum on the city’s education system.
Save Nashville Now launches campaign against anti-property tax referendum (Tennessean, May 18)
A newly-formed Nashville coalition is aiming to defeat the city’s anti-property tax referendum, setting the stage for dueling campaigns ahead of the July election.
Save Nashville Now, a group of labor unions, businesses, faith groups and community activists, announced Tuesday its campaign against the proposal to roll back the city’s recent property tax hike and limit Metro government’s power over future increases, recall elections and other issues.
Group ‘Save Nashville Now’ aims to stop ‘dangerous’ charter referendum (News Channel 5, May 18)
A coalition of Nashville businesses, organizations, educators, faith leaders and others have launched an effort called “Save Nashville Now,” which aims to stop what they call a “dangerous” charter referendum.
Earlier this month, the Davidson County Election Commission voted to allow a charter referendum on the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act(NTPA), which seeks to limit property tax increases in Nashville. That referendum is set for July 27.
Save Nashville Now, a coalition opposing Metro charter amendment referendum, unveiled (The Tennessee Lookout, May 18)
A coalition of business groups, labor groups, faith-based groups and grassroots activist groups announced on Tuesday the formation of a new coalition to oppose the July 27 charter referendum to consider major changes to Metro charter.
In total, 19 groups representing dozens of businesses and organizations expressed their opposition to the charter amendment proposal. The group is called Save Nashville Now.
SAVE NASHVILLE NOW LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO DEFEAT “DANGEROUS” REFERENDUM
Secretly-Funded Radical Extremists Aim to Disrupt Nashville (Press Release, May 18)
A broad coalition of community organizations, neighborhood leaders, small business-owners, taxpayers, homeowners, renters, faith leaders, educators and parents from across Nashville joined together today to announce the launch of Save Nashville Now. This campaign will defeat a July 27th referendum that would result in drastic cuts to critical services, threaten the safety and security of residents, and hamper the city’s efforts to fully recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.
Radical Tax Referendum is a Disaster for Nashville (The Nashville Voice, May 12)
Members of the Metropolitan Minority Caucus issued the following statement in opposition to the 4 Good Government’s proposal to make revisions to our City Charter.
The Nashville Davidson County Minority Caucus expresses their vehement opposition to the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act (NTPA) referendum proposal that was before the Election Commission. The proposal intentionally harms our teachers, Metro employees, and first responders would result in deep cuts to public education funding and is fiscally irresponsible in addition to being blatantly unconstitutional.
The proposal is also undemocratic on its face as it allows a small number of voters to nullify an election and remove elected officials supported by the majority of Davidson County residents.
Property tax rate repeal would harm Nashville General Hospital and COVID efforts (Tennessean, Nov. 2)
A successful effort to claw back the property tax increase would significantly hamper our city’s ability to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at a time when the demand for hospital beds is perilously high. With a 7-day rolling average exceeding 2,000 new cases a day, Tennessee is trending in the wrong direction and Nashville General’s description as a “safety net” hospital has never seemed more appropriate. All the efforts Nashville General has made in attracting top-flight clinical staff could be gutted. Talented doctors and nurses can easily take their skills elsewhere if their efforts aren’t adequately supported.
Labor, community groups organize against tax referendum (Nashville Post, Oct. 7)
“Like many cities in America, Nashville is struggling right now with unprecedented economic and public-health challenges,” Michael Carter, owner of a construction company and co-founder of the Nashville Business Alliance, said in a press release. “But the solution isn’t turning over the management of our community to political interests in Washington. Strong cities provide adequate public services that help employers create jobs and make communities desirable places to live and work. Nashville can, and will, get back on track if we commit to shared sacrifices and a positive vision for the future.”
Mayor Cooper: Petition to roll back property tax hike would ‘gut’ Nashville, create $322M deficit (Tennessean, Sept. 28)
Mayor John Cooper is slamming a local referendum effort that, if placed on the ballot and approved by voters, would roll back Nashville’s property tax increase and limit Metro’s ability to raise taxes in the future.
The proposed charter amendments, Cooper said in a release Monday, would create a $322 million deficit that could “cripple” the city and “gut” essential services.
“After two natural disasters this year, we don’t need a self-inflicted one. This would severely weaken Nashville at a time when we need to build Nashville stronger,” he said.
The cuts would be dramatic, he said, for Metro’s emergency response, schools and other services such a trash pickup and road repair.
Emergency positions could face layoffs if tax referendum passes in Nashville (WKRN, Sept. 23)
Emergency Communications Director for Davidson County Stephen Martini said if Nashville repealed the property tax increase in a referendum, the $322 million deficit would greatly affect jobs and the calls 911 dispatchers could answer. “If that were applied to all departments equally or evenly and we were asked to do that, we would likely see a few dozen folks laid off,” said Martini. Between 60 to 75 percent of calls 911 dispatchers take are non-emergency calls, according to Martini. He explained that without a full staff, some of those calls may go unanswered.
‘The cuts will be deep and painful;’ Comptroller warns Metro of cuts if property tax is repealed (WTVF, Sept. 18)
The amendment caught the attention of State Comptroller Justin Wilson who spoke at the council meeting. He said if the amendment repealing the property tax hike passed, deep cuts will be needed. And called it a dangerous curve ahead. Wilson said if this passes and the city can’t balance the budget, the state will have to step in and take over Metro’s finances. He explained that at that point rates will go up, roads will go unpaved, trash uncollected, schools will go unrecognizable. It would even impact emergency response time.
‘Our progress as a great city will end’ Nashville mayor says of potential tax repeal (WZTV, Sept. 17)
Mayor Cooper has warned repealing the increase could mean slashing the jobs of first responders. Mayor Cooper cited the loss of jobs as well as seeing new projects come to a halt, schools becoming unrecognizable, and the loss of paving of roads and building sidewalks. “It will mean sharper cuts than just 34% for the balance of the year,” Mayor Cooper said.
Proposed Charter Amendment Would be a Self-Inflicted Disaster for Nashville (Tennessee Tribune, Sept. 17)
An array of Nashville leaders stand united to oppose Nashville from being gutted by an upcoming charter amendment proposed by an entity calling itself “4GoodGovernment.” The amendment would create a $332 million deficit for this fiscal year, threaten Metro’s credit rating, constrain the city’s ability to set property taxes to pay for services, and result in a suspension of capital projects. The proposed amendment would result in dramatic cuts to essential services such as emergency response, schools, trash collection, and road repair throughout Nashville.
Retroactive application will eliminate city services, reduce property values, and render schools “unrecognizable.” The proposal would immediately and directly hurt Nashville residents. “It will negatively impact property values and drastically reduce city services for all Nashvillians,” said Kristy Hairston, board of directors president for the Greater Nashville Realtors. Dr. Adrienne Battle, irector of MNPS, is also alarmed by the proposal and said the resulting cuts would “render the school district unrecognizable to students and families.” Neighborhood infrastructure and Nashville’s credit rating will be devastated.
Metro fire, police officials estimate hundreds of jobs lost if property tax referendum passes (WTVF, Sept. 16)
Metro city leaders and emergency services officials say a referendum to repeal the Nashville property tax hike would put hundreds of positions on the chopping block and in turn put the safety of residents at risk. The Nashville Fire Department estimates the department could see a 35 percent cut to its budget and lose more than 500 positions including 12 ambulances. Similarly, Metro Nashville Police Department expects to see the elimination of 550 officers and the elimination of 331 civilian positions if the referendum is passed. . . “A repeal of the proposed property tax increase would significantly impact the Nashville Fire Department and the public services we provide,” NFD Director Chief William Swann said in a statement. “We have no flexibility within our budget to trim down without directly impacting services. The resources that are essential to providing emergency services will be in jeopardy should this repeal occur.”
Comptroller warns Nashville about takeover, again, as Metro faces potential shortfall if property tax hike repealed(Tennessean, Sept. 15)
The tax repeal, if approved by voters in a possible special election on Dec. 5, would be a blow to city services and could result in severe cuts to public safety personnel as well as a nearly a 25% slash to the school district’s budget, which Cooper outlined in a press release. The city will be “unrecognizable,” Cooper said to Metro Council Tuesday, warning of the lack of public safety protection, teachers leaving to work in surrounding counties and infrastructure needs languishing. The city’s credit rating will go down, while borrowing costs go up. “Our progress as a great city will end,” he said, addressing Metro Council Tuesday. “It takes the problem of financial weakness and makes it chronic and permanent.” The city, Cooper said, will “have our backs,” if Metro acts with “responsibility and stewardship.”
Koch supported group submits petition to roll back Nashville’s property tax increase (Tennessean, Aug. 26)
A group with the backing of Americans for Prosperity — founded by the conservative donor network of the billionaire Koch brothers — dropped off about 20,000 signatures Wednesday to potentially place on the ballot a referendum to rollback Nashville’s 34% property tax increase and limit Metro’s ability to raise taxes in the future.