Americans for Prosperity: Nashville 'under attack' by mayor's tax increase

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 7:16pm

Mayor Karl Dean’s proposed property tax hike, which has already drawn the ire of the Nashville Tea Party, has reverberated up to the conservative-backed Americans for Prosperity political advocacy organization.

Arlington, Va.-based Americans for Prosperity, an advocacy group that professes to educate citizens on education policies, has highlighted Dean’s tax proposal as its top story on its website.

“Nashville taxpayers are under attack by Mayor Dean’s proposed 13 percent property tax increase,” reads a short blog post penned by the organization’s Tennessee state director Brad Stevens.

“Taxpayers should not be on the hook for Nashville city leaders’ lack of fiscal responsibility,” the post continues.

Oddly, instead of focusing on the meat of Dean’s proposed $1.71 billion budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year, the Americans for Prosperity blog post focuses on the salaries of Metro officials.

According to the organization, 226 Metro workers earn more than $100,000 annually.

“There are five – 5! – Assistant Directors in Nashville’s Parks and Recreation department making over $100,000,” the blurb reads.

Dean’s tax increase –– which would increase the property tax rate of the Urban Services District from $4.13 to $4.69 –– goes before the Metro Council on the first of three votes on Tuesday. Under the plan, property owners would pay an additional 12.83 percent in taxes.

As a counter to anti-tax sentiments, a small coalition called Moving Nashville Forward announced its creation Monday. The group plans to mobilize citizens across the county to support Dean’s tax plan.

Founded in 2004, Americans for Prosperity grew from the financial backing of brothers David and Charles Koch of Koch Industries. Americans for Prosperities has historically backed Republican candidates and supported conservative causes.

3 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 5/15/12 at 5:44

Things have to happen in order for change to take place. I have watched the destruction of the Davidson County as a haven for middleclass family living for the past 15 years. The out of focus tax increases by Karl Dean and the council are just another blow to any family in Davidson County with an income of $75,000 to $150,000 dollars a year. The crime,the out of focus taxes,the sorry state of public school education should send this group of familes scurrying to another county.

These families can save the cost of a college education through reduced taxation and the need for private school education. This can be accomplished by simply moving out of Davison County.

Let Karl Dean and the council make this county whatever it is that they are trying to do.

For those that have incomes above $150,000 and no children Belle Meade, Green Hills and Hillwood are nice places to live.

By: Moonglow1 on 5/15/12 at 6:47

Moonglow1: Americans for Prosperity is misnamed. It is more appropriate to name the group: Koch Industries Dupe the American Public. Get the Koch's out of Nashville politics. I've had enough already of the misinformation generated by the billionaire Koch's to further their own wealth.
Message to the Koch's: Get the koch out of Nashville!

By: global_citizen on 5/15/12 at 6:57

As an independent, I can see both sides of the issue. As someone who also lives in the urban services district and has worked with Metro Government, I can definitely see both sides of the issue.

Do we have too many do-nothing administrators collecting a too-generous salary? Absolutely. Do we have politicians who think throwing more money at failing schools is always the solution? Yes indeed.

But is this tax hike an "attack" on taxpayers? That's ridiculous. Property taxes are lower now than they have historically been in Metro Nashville.

I don't believe we need to raise taxes ahead of cleaning up government waste, but some politicians prefer to take the easy way out rather than rooting out wasteful spending and unproductive employees. But that's just timid, ineffective leadership, not malice toward taxpayers.