New petition effort seeks to limit Nashville Metro government’s spending

Jim Roberts

Nashville attorney Jim Roberts speaks Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at Public Square Park before delivering 20,000 voter petition signatures to the Metro Clerk’s Office in an effort to repeal the city’s 34% property tax increase.

By Vivian Jones | The Center Square
(The Center Square) – After a referendum effort to repeal Nashville’s 34% property tax increase and limit city officials’ spending died in court last fall, the attorney behind the effort has launched a new petition aimed at Nashville Metro government.

Jim Roberts is collecting signatures for a new petition, proposing six amendments to the Metro Charter, including a limit on city property tax increases and the elimination of lifetime benefits for city officials.

Roberts collected more than 20,000 voter signatures last summer in support of a similar petition. Citing legal issues with the ballot proposal, Davidson County Election Commissioners asked a judge whether a special election was required. After the ensuing trial, Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled the proposed amendments were unconstitutional and not in proper form.

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