As Nashville Mayor, John Cooper, weighs his options on whether or not to push for a property tax increase this year, lobbyists with the Beacon Center of Tennessee, along with Sen. Mike Bell, are attempting to push through a bill which would put a statewide cap on property tax increases. Proponents of this bill insist this cap would help curb wasteful spending and protect property owners from fiscal irresponsibility of local governments. In the face of recent budget difficulties, the Beacon Center criticized Nashville’s government spending in its annual “Pork Report”. Its “pork-of-the-year award” went to Murfreesboro’s government. Murfreesboro spent $14.5 million on upgrades to their Siegal Soccer Park, and then imposed a 35.8% tax increase. The proposed bill sets an annual increase cap of 5%. If finalized, this bill would go into effect on July 1st, which is the start of the new fiscal year. There are thirty-four states with laws that impose statewide property tax limits. The proposal includes a “rollover” clause to prevent cities from feeling pressured to increase taxes every year unnecessarily. Those who oppose this legislation say that a statewide tax cap is “state intrusion” and believe property taxes should be left up to local governments. They fear such a measure could handicap local governments from raising necessary funds for needed expenses such as infrastructure and teacher wages. This statewide legislation is expected to be decided this month. Meanwhile, Nashville Mayor John Cooper is expected to make a decision on the possibility of a tax increase for Nashville on March 30th.
Sarah Says: THE GRAMMY'S!
I was excited to attend my first Grammy Awards ceremony with my husband, Brent Milligan, who was nominated for an award in the Roots Gospel category. I loved seeing all of the outfits on the red carpet, and watching all of the nominee’s interviews! We brought our youngest daughter, Meghan, along with us as well. It was fascinating to experience it all first-hand. At the show, during the commercial breaks, they would play old Grammy moments on the screens. It was really fun to see how much music has changed over the decades. And the after party was a show in itself!
Did You Know?
In 1847, Oliver Chase invented a machine which was able to cut shapes from wafer candy. He opened a candy factory, and 20 years later in 1866, his brother Daniel Chase created a machine which could stamp words. These candies were popular at weddings. The well known Valentine’s confection, Sweethearts, made their first appearance in 1901.