The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has come out against state legislation that it says would “unravel Metro government.”
In doing so, the chamber sides with Mayor Karl Dean who said in a letter Thursday to Davidson County legislators that the bill would “gut” the Metro model of government, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
The state bill, sponsored by Republicans Rep. Joe Carr and Sen. Jim Tracy, would apply to towns statewide but would largely affect Davidson County. It would allow satellite cities like Belle Meade, Berry Hill and others to provide more of their own services — such as a court system, police service or public school system — even if they duplicate government services currently provided by the Metro government. The Metro Charter only allows them to currently provide the services they were providing when Metro government officially formed in April 1963.
In a blog post on the chamber’s website Friday morning, Chief Policy Officer Marc Hill writes that the legislation “would undo much of the government efficiency that has been created in Davidson County over the past 50 years.” Going on, he says it would “encourage the expansion and duplication of government within Davidson County.”
“The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce opposes HB1204/SB1285 because we advocate for a predictable business environment and oppose burdensome government regulation,” Hill writes. “We also want to make sure our local tax rates are competitive with other jurisdictions.”
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