Saturday, August 25, 2018

Council meets Monday, August 27th for Fairgrounds rezoning public hearing.

The Metro Council will hold a special meeting Monday, August 27th at 6PM.  This is the meeting for the public hearing on the rezoning of the ten acres of fairground property to be given to the private developer of the MLS stadium. The Planning Commission voted to recommend the rezoning.   This item, Bill BL2018-1290 is the only item on the agenda.This is likely to pass.  However, this public hearing will be an opportunity for the public to show their disgust at the actions of the city in giving away fairground property contrary to the desire of the public which voted in 2016 in a public referendum to save the fairgrounds. 

The best opportunity to derail the MLS deal and save the fairgrounds will come on September 4th when bill authorizing the demolition of existing building at the fairgrounds will be on third reading. This bill will require 27 votes to pass.  When on second reading, the bill got 24 votes. You can be assured MLS stadium deal proponents are applying pressure and twisting arms to get the three more votes needed to pass this bill.

A big show of opposition to the MLS deal on Monday, may give some wavering council members backbone to side with the people and vote to save the fairgrounds. A massive turn out on Monday is important to saving the Fairgrounds.

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Planning for stadium at Fairgrounds began prior to public's knowledge

WSMV News Channel 4 has revealed that efforts to bring the MLS soccer stadium to the fairgrounds began long before it became public knowledge. The news investigators gained access to thousands of emails that discussed the effort.

One email said “we can hide” at a country club over drinks. Numerous meetings took place and details about how a soccer stadium could function as the fairgrounds along with other fair park events, accessing utilities to the site and parking issues  were discussed in secret and kept secret from the public and the Metro Council. To view the news video, follow this link.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Police sue to stop Civilian Review Board referendum

FOP press release, August 21, 2018, Nashville, TN — This afternoon, the Fraternal Order of Police filed a complaint with the Davidson County Circuit court seeking a review of the recently verified petition signatures to amend the metropolitan charter which would implement a Civilian Oversight Board if passed.

It is the opinion of the Fraternal Order of Police that the selected election used to measure the required number of signatures is incorrect. Therefore, we are submitting our case to a higher authority for review. 

To be clear, the Fraternal Order of Police is wholly opposed to the passage of the currently proposed legislation. While this specific lawsuit is based solely on the merits of the verification, our concern that the current proposed legislation lacks perspective from law enforcement, creates an environment lacking due process, and violates employee rights are the foundations of our position. 

It is important to note that our opposition, however, does not indicate our unwillingness to have the community participate in discussions regarding their involvement in policing strategies. In fact, before this bill was advanced, the Fraternal Order of Police had proactively participated in conversations with community organizations in an attempt to find some common ground and develop a solution that would be fair and equitable to all sides. Unfortunately, the advancement of this legislation occurred before those conversations could produce any workable solutions.

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Council advances MLS stadium, but project still in doubt

The Tennessean: Nashville Council advances MLS stadium, but project still in doubt....The council voted 24-7 to advance an ordinance that would demolish existing buildings at the fairgrounds to clear the way for a future 30,500-seat stadium for the city's MLS expansion club awarded last year. Eight council members abstained from voting. .... the council voted 24-9, with six abstentions, to advance an ordinance to declare 10 acres of fairgrounds land as surplus property.

Rod's Comment: This is not bad. Hope is not lost. The bill to demolish existing building will require 27 votes to pass on third and final reading.  If it does not pass, then the current deal is dead.  This is not over. One can assume the council will be lobbied heavily by soccer fans, the developer, Nashville's powerful elitist, Chamber of Commerce types, and the administration.  They only have to persuade three who abstained to vote in favor and they have the votes to pass this.  Those seeking to save the fairgrounds must keep the pressure up.  It also looks as if the proposed funding of the stadium will not go to the public for a referendum due to a technically concerning the time frame to get the question on the ballot, so this will be decided in the Council. It is going to be close, but this can be killed.

I will be providing a more detailed summary of last night's meeting soon. Please check back.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Small Business Optimism soars

NASHVILLE, Aug. 14, 2018—  The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index has marked its second highest level in the survey’s 45-year history at 107.9, rising to within 0.1
point of the July 1983 record-high of 108. 

The July 2018 report also set new records in terms of owners reporting job creation plans and those with job openings. A seasonally-adjusted net 23 percent are planning to create new jobs, up three points from June. Thirty-seven percent of all owners reported job openings they could not fill in the current period, a one-point increase from June. 
“Small business owners are leading this economy and expressing optimism rivaling the highest levels in history,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “Expansion continues to be a priority for small businesses who show no signs of slowing as they anticipate more sales and better business conditions.”
State-specific data is unavailable, but NFIB State Director Jim Brown said, “I think the numbers show that our members are feeling good about the direction of the country, so they're more comfortable when it comes to staffing up and buying new equipment and growing their businesses.”
A net eight percent of all owners (seasonally adjusted) reported higher nominal sales in the past three months compared to the prior three months. July is the eighth consecutive strong month of reported sales gains after years of low or negative numbers.  A net 35 percent of owners expect better business conditions, ticking up two points from June.
Additional July highlights include:
  • The percent of owners citing the availability of qualified workers as their number one business problem landed one point below the record high.
  • Reports of compensation increases remained strong. 
  • Capital spending maintained a respectable pace but did not display the exuberance of its fellow indicators, although spending plans did post a gain
  • Plans to add to inventory holdings were strong as strong sales continue to deplete stocks. 
  • Profits continued to perform, and more firms raised prices, something that is easier when demand is strong. 
“Small business owners have never been so optimistic for so long, helping to power the second longest expansion in history,” said NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg. “Despite challenges in finding qualified workers to fill a record number of job openings, they’re taking advantage of this economy and pursuing growth.”
Fifty-nine percent reported hiring or trying to hire (down four points), but 52 percent (88 percent of those hiring or trying to hire) reported few or no qualified applicants for the positions they were trying to fill.  Twenty-three percent of owners cited the difficulty of finding qualified workers as their single most important business problem (up two points), one point below the 45-year record high.

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It is an outrage that the city of Nashville will not engage Speedway Motorsports Inc.

by Rod Williams - A few days ago, Councilman Robert Swope appeared on radio station WTN 99.7 and discussed the situation with the MLS stadium, the fairground land giveaway, and other related topics. To hear that interview follow this link.

In that interview Swope revealed is that Speedway Motorsports, Inc had been reaching out to the city to explore making massive improvements to the speedway and taking it into the major league.  Speedway Motorsports is the top dog in managing racing speedways. They run the most profitable and prestigious speedways in the country.  Also, they are not seeking a corporate welfare handout from Nashville, but want to invest in Nashville.

Swope said metro would not give them "the time of day."  Why?  Why is Nashville turning down an opportunity to enhance and raise the profile of the Nashville Speedway?   My own view, is that the elitist who run this city do not think stock car racing, flea markets, gun and knife shows and fairs fit the image they want to project. Those things are low-class and kind of an embarrassment to the movers and shakers who make things happen.

It is an outrage that the city of Nashville will not engage Speedway Motorsports Inc. Below is a copy of the letter, Speedway Motorsports wrote to the city.

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Technicality could derail push for referendum on Nashville MLS stadium

Technicality could derail push for referendum on Nashville MLS stadium

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Monday, August 20, 2018

What else is on the Council agenda of 8/21/18: Effort to trample property rights and kill affordable housing continues, regulatng Bird, the Donelson Transit-Oriented Redevelopment Plan.

The Metro Council will meet Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Council chamber at the Metro Courthouse. Here is a link to the Council agenda and the staff analysis for those who want to watch the Council meeting and follow along.

The most important issue before this council is the MLS stadium and the future of the fairgrounds. There are two resolutions and two bill regarding these issues on the agenda. I have explained those in a separate post at this link.

Bill BL2016-219  is on Third Reading, again. It was on third reading last meeting and deferred.

The Ridge at Antioch
This  is the bill to trample private property rights and kill an affordable housing development in the process.  This bill would cancel an approved Planned Unit Development and down zoning a persons property without their consent. This effort to pass this bill has been pending since June of 2016  If was first pushed by Karen Johnson and is now being taken up by Councilman Bedne.

If this bill passes the State of Tennessee has threatened to withhold future tax credits used to help finance affordable housing developments. I don't know why this development has not already occurred.  I can guess that with the threat of this hanging over the head of the developer, that it impacted the financing. 

Should this bill pass and the owner want to continue the fight, he probably has a winnable lawsuit to pursue.  This would most likely be considered a "taking" of property.  When government takes property the owner should be compensated and it should only be taken for a public purpose.  Government taking of property does not have to mean taking title.  To take away a right that one previously enjoyed may be a "taking" of property. If this passes and a public interest law firm wants to sue the city on behalf of the owner, I will contribute to the cause. 

This is a bill disapproved by the Planning Commission and will require 27 votes to pass. For more on this story see this  link and this.

Below is a summary of what else is on the agenda.

Elections and Confirmation: 
The Council will be electing a President Pro Tempore for a one-year term ending August 31, 2019.  This person conducts the council meeting in the absence of the Vice Mayor. Sometimes this is a coveted position and council members campaign for the seat.  

There are nine mayoral appointments to Boards and Commission before the Council for confirmation. Usually, these are confirmed without controversy, discussion or dissension. One is to the Human Relations Commission. This is an agency that serves little purpose other than to promote political correctness and should be terminated. Any legitimate functions this agency performs could be performed by other agencies and their advocacy for diversity, tolerance, and normalization of deviancy would more appropriately be preformed by private advocacy groups.  I wish a council member would take to the floor and vote against the nominee and make the point I just made, but I don't expect it to happen.

Public Comment Period:  This is new for Nashville and is only the second meeting which has had a public comment period. Time  is dedicated to allow members of the public who have registered in advance to speak upon matters related to the Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County community. The only public comments we have had heretofore have been on zoning matters and, once a year, on the budget.  We have never had an open comment policy. This is common in smaller cities and I don't know how common it is in other cities the size of Nashville.  I expect to hear several people speak in favor of the proposed police citizen review board at this meeting. I hope proponents of saving the fairground have registered to speak and take advantage of this opportunity.

Resolutions: There are 18 resolution on the agenda including the two resolutions concerning the MLS stadium.  Initially all resolutions are on the consent agenda. A resolution stays on the consent agenda if it passes unanimously the committees to which it is assigned. Resolutions which receive negative votes in committee are pulled off of consent. Also any councilman may have a resolution pulled off of consent. Those remaining on consent are lumped together and passed by a single vote. Resolutions on the consent agenda are usually not controversial and tend to be routine matters, such as accepting grants from the Federal or State Government, entering into inter-agency agreements over mundane things, appropriating money from the 4% fund, settling lawsuits, or approving signs overhanging the sidewalk. Here are the resolution of interest:
Resolution RS2018-1314 proposes six charter amendments to be submitted to the voters for ratification. This will take 27 votes to be approved. Each amendment has to be voted on individually and then the resolution has to be voted on.  This was on the Council meeting last time but was deferred.  Unless this passes tonight, there will not be enough time to pass this bill in time for the referendum to be placed on the November ballot. Here is what is in the resolution:
  •  Three of the proposed charter amendments are related the line of succession for the office of mayor and how a vacancy is filled.
  •  The fourth proposed amendment would require oaths of office for mayor, vice mayor, and members of council to include an oath to uphold the Charter of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville. Currently, such oaths reference only support of the Tennessee Constitution and the Constitution of the United States.
  • The fifth proposed amendment would change the term limits for the offices of councilman and councilman at-large from two (2) terms to three (3) terms. It would also change “councilman” to “councilmember.” The attempt to expand term limits has been tried before and rejected by the voters. 
  • The sixth proposed amendment would update the Metropolitan Charter with general neutral references in place of masculine-only pronouns. References to “he” would be changed to “he or she,” “his” would be changed to “his or her,” “him” would be changed to “him or her,” “councilman” would be changed to “councilmember,” and “policemen”would be changed to “police officers.” I oppose this. amendment. A "councilman" can be a female and a policeman can be a female policeman. I see no need to make this change. Also, I understand that the masculine singular pronoun may include females. If someone says, "Everyone brought his own lunch," I do not assume that the group only included males. I see no need to change the language to the awkwardly worded "he or she." 
Bills on First reading: There are six bills on first reading. First reading is a formality that gets bills on the agenda and they are not considered by committee until after they pass first reading. They are all lumped together and pass by a single vote except in rare circumstances. I normally don't read them until they get to second reading.
Bills on Second Reading: There are eight. None are terribly important. Here are the ones of some interest.

Bill BL2018-1190  would provide free parking at public parking meters in Davidson County for environmentally friendly vehicles and for vehicle owners that purchase carbon offsets. This modifies what is already a law. I don't oppose this modification but in my view we should not have such a program. If you can afford an environmentally friendly vehicle you don't need free parking and a lot of carbon off sets are nothing but a scam. However in 2017 only 140 vehicles applied for this program.

Substitute Bill BL2018-1203 (as amended)   is a bill to distinguish non-motorized scooters and things like in-line skates from motorized scooters. Last council meeting the Council passed a detailed bill on second reading to address motorized scooters such as Bird. This just makes it clear that what was passed to apply to Bird and similar scooters does not apply to manually operated scooters and other non-motorized devices.

Bill BL2018-1294  changes the construction noise ordinance and makes what has just applied to downtown, apply anywhere in the county. 
Bills on Third Reading: There are 26. Most are approved zoning bills. 
Second Substitute Bill BL2016-414  is a disapproved zoning bill to change the zoning on 5.8 acres from R6 to SP for property in Scott Davis's district. I have no opinion on the merits of the bill and am simply calling attention to it because it is a disapproved bill and will take 27 positive votes to pass.

Substitute BL2018-1139 (as amended) is the Donelson Transit-Oriented Redevelopment Plan.   This has been worked on for a long time and is a complex bill. It would guide redevelopment around the Music City Star Donelson train stop and contains an affordable housing component. It provides for TIF financing and contains a lot of land use regulations that go beyond normal zoning. New authority from the state provides for this type of designation and this will be the first time that authority has been used.  This development hit a bureaucratic snag explained in this Tennessean article: $300M Donelson development stalled by oversight dispute. I assume that has now been resolved.  or this would not be back on the agenda. This bill is to be amended on third reading. For more on this complex bill, see the lengthy staff analysis. At the last meeting, this bill was  amended on third reading to change the composition of the advisory board. This bill was deferred by a roll call vote over the objection of the sponsor.

Second Substitute Bill BL2018-1202 (as amended)  would regulate "shared urban mobility devices," such as bicycles and scooters, and if establish a permitting system for them. This was prompted by the arrival of Bird Scooter in Nashville. This would establish a one-year pilot program for the scooter, impose a lot of cost, including a $35 per scooter and a whole lot of regulation. My view is that this is overkill.

Bill BL2018-1280 would regulate "shared urban mobility devices," such as bicycles and scooters, and if establish a permitting system for them. This was prompted by the arrival of Bird Scooter in Nashville. This would establish a one-year pilot program for the scooter, impose a lot of cost, including a $35 per scooter and a whole lot of regulation. I initial reaction is that this is overkill. When on second reading there was a lot of discussion and it passed on a voice vote.
To watch the Council meeting, you can go to the courthouse and watch the meeting in person or you can watch the broadcast live at Metro Nashville Network's Government TV on Nashville's Comcast Channel 3 and AT&T's U-verse 99 and it is streamed live at the Metro Nashville Network's livestream site and you can watch it live on Roku. You can catch the meeting the next day (or the day after the next) on the Metro YouTube channel. If can stand the suspense and just wait, I will post the video on this blog the day after or the day after that and provide commentary

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Metro Council meeting of Aug. 21st to be dominated by the issue of the MLS stadium and the future of the fargournds.

by Rod Williams, Aug. 19, 2019 - The Council will meet Tuesday August 21st at 6:30 PM in the

Council chamber at the Metro Courthouse. By far the most important agenda items concern the MLS stadium and the future of the fairgrounds.  There are three resolutions on the agenda and three bills on second reading regarding this issue.  A resolution is passed by a single vote of the Council and a bill must be passed at three different council meetings. This is an opportunity to kill the MLS deal or at least reopen negotiations for a better deal and kill the proposal to give the developer ten acres of fairground property. The best chance to kill the deal is by having enough council member to vote "no," vote "abstain," or not vote on Bill BL2018-1289.  To pass, this bill requires 27 positive votes on third reading. 

Below is a description of  each of the pieces of legislation on the agenda concerning the MLS stadium.
Resolution RS2018-1356  by Steve Glover expresses the intention of the Metropolitan Council to suspend action on any agreement related to any lease and redevelopment of the Nashville Fairgrounds until all necessary procedures have been completed. This would simply say that Metro would not make any decisions regarding the stadium and would not incur additional expenses regarding the stadium until the hurdles that stand in the way of the deal being approved are resolved. This is an attempt to not put the cart before the horse. This sounds like common sense, however, it has been dispproved by the Budget and Finance Committee.
Resolution RS2018-1372 calls for a county-wide referendum election to ascertain the will of the people regarding the issuance of revenue bonds by Metro to fund the construction of the Major League Soccer Stadium at Fairgrounds.
Notice that this resolution applies to the portion of the financing of soccer stadium to be financed by revenue bonds.  That is, the bonds would be repaid by the revenue generated by the facility. These are bonds issued by the Sports Authority.  In any case in which something is financed by revenue bonds, such as a parking garage or a sewer line or a sports stadium, if the revenue is insufficient to pay the debt, the debt becomes a general liability of the government.  However, it is assumed the revenue will repay the debt. Parking garages and sewer expansions are pretty safe bets.  As long as there is not an oversupply of parking spaces downtown, parking revenue can pay the bonds to cover the cost of parking garage construction. Also, people have no choice in paying their water and sewer bill, so those are pretty safe investments. If, however, a city loses a sports franchise, the revenue would not be there to pay off the debt and the debt would have to be paid by tax payers.
The staff analysis says that the Charter authorizes the Council to call a referendum on a bond issue financed by avalorem taxes or other taxes, or any other revenues, or a combination thereof. So, this is probably not a legal call for a referendum but the one below would be.
Resolution RS2018-1373 calls for a county-wide referendum election to ascertain the will of the people regarding the issuance of general obligation bonds by Metro for the construction of a new Major League Soccer Stadium at the Fairgrounds.
Bill BL2018-1289 approves the demolition of certain buildings and structures necessary for the construction of a new Major League Soccer Stadium at the Fairgrounds Nashville, and amending Title 5 of the Metropolitan Code to impose a privilege tax on the sale of tickets to events at the new Major League Soccer stadium. This is probably the best chance to still kill the stadium and land giveaway. It takes 27 votes to demolish buildings at the fairgrounds.

Bill BL2018-1291 declares the ten acres to be given away as surplus property and approves a ground lease for the property. The fair board has already declared this surplus, now the Council must do so.

Bill BL2018-1293 approves a privilege tax on the sale of tickets to events at the new Major League Soccer stadium. 
There is one other bill pending which is not on this agenda but which was on first reading last council meeting and will be on public hearing and Second Reading next meeting and that is  Bill BL2018-1290.  It is the bill to rezone the 10 acres at the fairground that is to be given to the stadium developer. This has been approved by the Planning Commission. Member of the Public will be permitted to speak on this bill. It will only take a simple majority of those voting to pass this bill.

To access the Council agenda, follow this link. To view the Council staff analysis follow this link.  

I will be providing a summary of the balance of agenda in a separate post. Please check back.

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Mayor Briley Announces $1 Million in Community Partnership Fund Grants

Metro Press release - More than two dozen nonprofit organizations will receive a total of $1 million in Metro Community Partnership Fund grants initiated by Mayor David Briley and approved by the Metro Council.

The Mayor's budget for the current fiscal year, which started July 1, included $200,000 each for five Metro departments – Davidson County Juvenile Court, the Office of Family Safety, Nashville Public Library, the Public Health Department and Social Services – to grant to qualified nonprofits. Council members overwhelmingly approved each department's recommendations at their August 7 meeting.
"Our city can make a profound difference in more people's lives when we partner with nonprofit experts who know how to make an impact through targeted funding," Mayor Briley said. "These grants will increase literacy and health, reduce youth violence, help victims of domestic violence and child abuse, and promote financial security."

Each of the five Metro departments will give grants ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 per organization. The departments developed goals, evaluation criteria and expected outcomes that nonprofits had to meet to qualify for funding. Metro will enter contracts with each organization spelling out the conditions under which the funds must be spent.
The grant recipients follow:

  • Davidson County Juvenile Court will award $50,000 each to Oasis Center, Stars Nashville, Meharry Medical College's RWJF Center for Health Policy and Meharry's Division of Public Health Practice. These organizations offer restorative, trauma-informed programs centered on positive youth development practices. Creative programming will mitigate the exploitation and victimization of youth while improving academic outcomes and school attendance and reducing substance use, toxic stress, delinquency and gang affiliation.
  • The Metro Office of Family Safety will grant $50,000 each to Morning Star Sanctuary, Mary Parish Center, the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. These funds will make domestic violence victims safer by supporting crisis services, including shelter, transitional housing and order-of-protection assistance. The grants also will be used to increase awareness of community resources that support domestic violence victims, including the confidential advocacy and counseling services that will be provided at Metro's new Family Safety Center, which is expected to open in early 2019.
  • Nashville Public Library will appropriate $20,000 apiece to 10 organizations to advance their literacy efforts: Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Nations Ministry Center, Book'em, McNeilly Center for Children, St. Luke's Community House, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Project Transformation TN, East Nashville Hope Exchange, Nashville Adult Literacy Council, and Moves and Grooves.
  • The Metro Public Health Department will grant $50,000 each to Trevecca Nazarene University, Conexion Americas, Walk Bike Nashville and The Family Center.
  • And Metro Social Services will award $40,000 each to Safe Haven Family Shelter, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, NeedLink Nashville, The Arc of Davidson County & Greater Nashville, and Operation Stand Down Tennessee.
Rod's Comment: This million dollars is totally discretionary spending. It is not money metro has to spend.  If the mayor's office and the Council have not noticed, Metro is going broke.  At a time when Metro can not pay employees the cost of living increase they were promised, it does not seem appropriate to be giving money to non-profit organizations.  I am not certain it is ever appropriate, actually. 

I believe that generally non-profits deliver more "bang for the buck" than government programs. I believe non-profits are generally more efficient than government.  I contribute to several non-profit organizations myself. I spent the bulk of my working years, working for a non-profit organization.  However, I do not think tax money should be taken from citizens and given to favored non-profits.  Non-profits should have to convince givers that they are engaged in a worthwhile activity. Also, one of the non-profits receiving part of this million advocates for illegal immigration. Those of us who believe in enforcing immigration laws and who do not support open borders may not want our money going to this organization.

Metro is spending money as if there is no limit and as if we were fat with cash. A million dollars here and a million dollars there and pretty soon you are talking about real money.

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U.S Chamber of Commerce endorses Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee U.S. Senate race

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Nashville police oversight board referendum cleared for November ballot; legal challenge by FOP awaits

On Wednesday of last week, the Election Commission  voted that the petition seeking to have a referendum on the ballot to create a civilian review board for the police department had sufficient signatures to be added to the November 6th ballot. The Fraternal Order of Police  is challenging that determination. The basis of the challenge is that group Community Oversight Now, the group behind the petition effort,  did not meet the signature threshold.

The Metro Charter says a proposed charter amendment may be placed on the ballot if a petition is filed that is signed by 10 percent of the number of voters who voted in the "preceding general election."  Community Oversight Now based their petition on the August 2016 election, which featured state primaries and local school board races, in which 47,074 people voted. That meant 4,708 signatures were required to meet the threshold.

The FOP says the last general election occurred on May 24 when the city held a special mayoral election and 82,368 people voted, meaning the petition to place the question on the ballot would require 8,237 valid signatures. So, the questions is, what is meant by "the preceding general election." This will be decided by Davidson County Chancery Court.

To read the Tennessean's account of this which I summarized above, follow this link.

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Metro Office Building (Howard School, 800 2nd Ave. S)

Friday, August 17, 2018–Saturday, September 1, 2018
Date Time
Friday, August 17 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 18 8 a.m.–12 noon
Monday, August 20 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 23 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Friday, August 24 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 25 8 a.m.–12 noon

All Early Voting Locations Open

Monday, August 27, 2018–Saturday, September 1, 2018
Date Time
Monday, August 27 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 28 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 29 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 30 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Friday, August 31 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 1 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Visit the Election Commission Department web site for early voting locations and more information

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