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Reappraisal/Referendum & Your Taxes

May 28, 2021 /
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For last week’s Budget Conversation, I was joined by the Assessor or Property, Vivian Wilhoite, and SEIU Local 205’s Political Director, Jason Freeman. Together, we spoke about the reappraisal process and the implications of the referendum. Below are the main takeaways from our discussion. Breaking Down the Reappraisal Process WHAT IS REAPPRASIAL? Reappraisal is a four-year cycle required by the State Board of Equalization (SBOE) that serves to reestablish equity of property values. It is…

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Dissecting Mayor Cooper’s FY 22 Budget

May 21, 2021 /
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Last Saturday, I kickstarted this year’s Budget Conversation series with help from Councilmember at Large Bob Mendes. Because it was our first conversation about the FY 22 budget, we stuck to explaining what is outlined in Mayor Cooper’s proposed budget, not what should be included. Below is a summary of our conversations. Highlights from the Mayor’s Budget GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE BUDGET: Without a doubt, the past year has been extremely challenging to navigate for…

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Rep. John Lewis Way

November 10, 2020 /
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It’s official! The metro council voted last Thursday, November 5th, 2020, to rename Fifth Avenue from Jefferson Street (North side), through Broadway/Downton and all the way to Nashville City Cemetery (South side) as Rep. John Lewis Way.  Congressman John Lewis began his lifelong crusade for civil rights and civic justice in Nashville while a student at the American Baptist Theological Seminary and later at Fisk University. He was a leader in the historic lunch counter…

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Metro Council Insurance

September 1, 2020 /
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Following the news last night on FOX, I have received many emails from constituent about Insurance for Council members. I appreciate everyone that emailed, please note I do read them all and I respond as much as I can. I thank the ones that emailed and objected in a civil manner. Finally, for those that ask why I voted last time the way that I did, below is my explanation. I am copying and pasting…

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Metro FY21 Budget- My Take on the Property Tax Increase

June 18, 2020 /
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Yesterday, Metro Council voted to increase property taxes by $1.06. I have received emails from some constituents who are upset about the raise. I understand the frustration. Nashvillians have been through a lot this year: from the tornado, to COVID-19,  to the loss of jobs, businesses and income, these past few months have tested this community. Therefore, the question that a lot of you must be wondering, if this year has been marked by such…

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