Nashville Chamber speaks out against satellite cities bill

Friday, March 8, 2013 at 12:08pm

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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8 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 3/8/13 at 3:58

If it would mess up Karl & the do nothing council & chamber money grubbing play pen, I am all for it. Time to weed out crooks and get people that care about Nashville in.

By: courier37027 on 3/8/13 at 10:24

From the "What Have You Done Lately for Me?" files, can the Nashville Chamber of Commerce hang their credentials on anything they have done for Goodlettsville, Bellevue, Joelton, Berry Hill in terms of business development? C of C footprint is about as far as you can see from the Mayor's office window.

By: Ask01 on 3/10/13 at 8:23

It is only natural Mayor Dean, Metro Council, and the Chamber of Commerce should quake in fear and predict dire consequences should people be allowed to decide they no longer wish to be part of the Nashville / Davidson County complex.

After all, no longer being able to pick the pockets of citizens living outside the downtown area to fund inner city improvements, they would be forced to require businesses pay their own way.

I will concede some aspects of the metro government concept offer advantages by consolidating duplicated services. Absolutely no argument on those points.

The darker side of the equation becomes evident when expenditures benefit not the entire county, but only select areas. In our case, the downtown has benefited greatly from the expansive tax base while outlying areas are left to rot.

I hope the bill passes overwhelmingly, causing Metro government to scramble madly to appease disgruntled districts, and act more fairly toward parts of their fiefdom so ignored since the consolidation.

In case you haven't guessed, I won't be celebrating the anniversary of the misguided establishment of a massive central government, but rather mourning the anschluss.

By: kevin47881 on 3/11/13 at 8:29

"Government efficiency"? Especially Metro? Really? Thanks for the morning comic relief.

By: pswindle on 3/11/13 at 9:38

Metro has worked.

By: Jughead on 3/12/13 at 9:23

I live in a General Services District, and Metro does next-to-nothing for me. I wish my neighborhood could leave Metro for good.

By: Jughead on 3/12/13 at 9:25

I support ANYTHING the Nashville Chamber opposes. That is the biggest group of tax-n-spend, gov't addicted jerks in Nashville.

By: courier37027 on 3/12/13 at 11:06

After 50 years both a Sherrif's Department and Metro Police remain separate entities. Gayle Ray ran on pledge to close and consolidate Sherrif's Department, yet it remains.