Election Commission to vote Friday on whether Nashville property tax hike proceeds to ballot

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Davidson County Election Commission will vote later this week to decide whether Nashville’s already-approved 34% property tax increase can proceed to a special ballot in December.

Davidson County Administrator of Elections Jeff Roberts told News 2 the commission will hold a vote at 2:30 p.m. Friday to determine if residents can vote in a special election December 5 to keep or ditch the tax hike.

Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee previously announced a ballot initiative to roll back the tax hike. The organization said it collected more than 20,000 signatures — significantly higher than the 11,200 required — and turned them into the Metro Clerk’s Office last month.

Earlier this month, Nashville Mayor John Cooper responded and called the idea of a roll back “crippling.” Cooper said it would gut essential city services by creating a $322 million deficit.

The 34% tax increase was approved by Metro Council in June.

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