The authorized battle over a 2020 anti-tax hike referendum effort is over.
The Tennessee Supreme Court docket on Thursday declined to listen to the Davidson County Election Fee’s attraction difficult Metro’s dealing with of a petition-driven referendum effort to strike down town’s 34% property tax improve.
Petition group 4 Good Authorities first tried to set off a referendum election in 2020, aiming to curb Metro authorities’s energy to extend property taxes and alter how Nashville handles public official recollects, sports activities workforce offers and extra. A trial courtroom decide struck down that effort.
The Davidson County Election Fee took the case to the Tennessee Court docket of Appeals, which dominated in March that the fee acted illegally when it determined to carry the anti-tax hike referendum in 2021.
The fee voted 3-2 in April to take the case to the state Supreme Court docket in hopes of answering the next:
Whether or not the courtroom has the ability to “undo an election” after which reschedule it.
Whether or not Metro’s pre-election authorized problem of the “kind” of the referendum petition and its initiatives was legitimate.
What the Metro Constitution’s language means concerning the requirement for a petition to set an election date.
The final query is now moot – voters accepted an modification to Nashville’s constitution in Might that lays out a brand new, extra detailed course of for altering the constitution by way of referendum by petition.
As of Thursday, the prolonged authorized battle associated to each referendum makes an attempt had value Davidson County taxpayers upwards of $1.1 million.
A lot of the cash spent – $891,586.88 – went to exterior counsel retained by the Election Fee for the latest case.
As of April, Metro spent $14,219.50 on the latest case, together with $5,440 for outdoor counsel from former Metro Director of Legislation Bob Cooper, $4,800 for outdoor counsel from William Koch, and $3,899.50 for courtroom reporters and courtroom clerk charges.
The authorized prices for the primary referendum courtroom battle value the Election Fee $214,927, the Tennessee Lookout reported. Metro’s prices related to exterior counsel, courtroom reporters, and clerk charges for that litigation totaled about $19,360.
Davidson County Election Fee Chairman Jim DeLanis couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.
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