Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Nashville sues Davidson County Election Commission over decision to place anti-tax measure before voters

by Yue Stella Yu,  Nashville Tennessean, 5/11/2021 - Metro Nashville has sued the Davidson Election Commission over its decision to place an anti-tax referendum before voters on July 27, arguing the initiative is flawed and unconstitutional and will cause financial loss to the city. 

The lawsuit, filed in Davidson County Chancery Court on Tuesday, is the latest in an intensifying, months-long brawl between city officials and the group 4 Good Government over efforts to reverse Nashville's recent property tax increase. Jim Roberts, local attorney organizing the petition efforts, said he is not surprised by the lawsuit. He called the court challenge a "poorly-drafted, poorly-reasoned Hail Mary" attempt to keep the initiative off the ballot. 

The Nashville Business Coalition also filed a separate lawsuit against the commission on the same day. It filed a motion asking the court to speed up its review of the case, documents show. (read more)

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