Crafton wants Metro workers to live in-county

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 11:37am

New Metro government workers would be required to live in Davidson County if a bill introduced by District 22 Metro Councilman Eric Crafton were to pass.

Crafton’s bill will be on first reading at the June 2 Metro Council meeting. The bill would require new Metro hires to live in Davidson County, while also providing a 90-day period for them to move. The bill would not be retroactive, meaning workers who already live outside Davidson County would not be forced to move.

“If people want to work here and live off the taxpayers of this county, then they should be required to live here too,” Crafton said. “Taxes are what pays for this government and it’s what pays their salaries.”

Crafton called the legislation a benefit to the Davidson County tax base and said too may Metro workers already live out of county.

“My idea is for those jobs should go first to those people who already live here or are moving here,” Crafton said.

The issue of in-county Metro workers has been broached several times during Metro Council budget hearings. Crafton predicted the bill would receive support on Council.

“I think it’s going to pass,” Crafton said. “We’ve considered this issue up before and talked about it before, but never really acted on it.”

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25 Comments on this post:

By: JeffF on 5/27/09 at 9:46

Someone should check with Memphis on how much of an unforeseen disaster this has been there. They do not have enough nurses to staff the rape crisis center or enough police officer candidates. When you limit hiring to a employment pool of questionable education level, you end up losing professional standards.

By: Magnum on 5/27/09 at 11:25

Boy, for every good idea this guy has, he has an equally bad idea.

By: bfra on 5/27/09 at 11:59

Metrp workers should live in Davidson County. Their money is mostly spent where they live and as taxpayers are paying their salaries, why should they be spending all, or most of their money in another County. They should support the County that pays them.

By: Melstruck on 5/27/09 at 12:28

I would hope that Metro would hire the best qualified candidates.

By: Melstruck on 5/27/09 at 12:29

I would hope that Metro would hire the best qualified candidates.

By: jock on 5/27/09 at 12:46

I assume metro schools would be included. They have enough difficulty attracting quality teachers. Another bad idea from Crafton.

By: tim4wsp on 5/27/09 at 1:18

I think that each city council member should be current on his or her property taxes before they can introduce new legislation for consideration. If they are more than 60 days past due, they should be expelled from the council.

Crafton is full of so many good ideas, preaching fiscal responsibility and all, he should really get behind this idea!

By: idgaf on 5/27/09 at 1:30

Been there done that in another city. If you want something like this especially with civil service jobs best to give preferance to county residents then go to the outside list.

With the requirements of a college education for cops (which I think is stupid and un-necessary) they can't get enough as is so why make the task harder. Next step would be paying them to move in-county,

By: howelln on 5/27/09 at 1:54

This is not a new idea. I think it was even been tried in the past and it did not work. Nashville is a metropolitan area, not just one county. And people spend money where they work as well as where they live. I see this as just another way for Crafton to get his name in the news. No one with a lick of sense will suport this.

By: wolfy on 5/27/09 at 2:10

Does Crafton have any GOOD ideas? This particular idea has been tried before to no avail. All it does is put hardships on the thousands of Metro employees who live out of county. Its viewed as punishment and it won't withstand a legal challenge. Not to mention, all the various Metro unions wouldn't sanction such a requirement.. PLUS, if Metro employees are required to move back in county, they'll be eligible to vote in the next general election. And I can assure you, the Mayor and council DO NOT want that. That is why you'll never see this pass. Metro Employees= Voters

By: TITAN1 on 5/27/09 at 2:12

Crapton once again proves what an idiot he is!

By: WayneJ on 5/27/09 at 3:01

As the jobs have left Davidson County so have several excellent workers who will work for them out-of-county instead of in-county. Metro Government is in a big enough mess without restricting hiring to Metro residents only as the talent exodus from Metro continues along with the jobs. As soon as potential Metro residents see what could have been excellent governmental employees leaving the county to work elsewhere (do I dare say superior governments in adjacent counties?) they'll leave for adjacent counties as well and further deteriorate the employee pool remaining in Metro. Crafton doesn't have a clue on this one. How much longer does he have on council?

By: JenniR on 5/27/09 at 3:48

In this economy, buying and selling a home out of REAL necessity is hard enough. To make a suggestion like this is to not understand what people would have to do to make this a reality. People would be forced into an unnecesarily tough decision.

By: Native_Son on 5/27/09 at 5:04

Maybe CM Crafton should start small and bring a bill that requires all elected councilpersons to live in the county. Especially those from the 5th district.

By: blitz on 5/27/09 at 6:23

I've heard of so many cities implementing the same law with only regret to show for the trouble. San diego for example

By: sidneyames on 5/28/09 at 6:07

sidneyames I would not want all city workers to have to live in the City of Nashville; I think that selecting people from Davidson County first (if they are qualified) would be O.K., and then going outside the boundaries. But I'm not sure why we would want to do that. I think the present system is working for everything except City Council. I think that if you represent a district, then you should live in that district. And working in Detroit is a far cry from what I would call normal. The one city councilwoman who "works" and "commutes" to Detroit for a social worker job is somewhat questionable to me. Hmmmmm. Must be an awfully high paying job to be able to afford that commute. AND how can you effectively communicate and monitor your district in Nashville if you are in Detroit? So, Eric, just change that part of the rules. Leave the hiring of Davidson County/Nashville employees just the way it is.

By: pandabear on 5/28/09 at 6:28

" By: Native_Son on 5/27/09 at 6:04
Maybe CM Crafton should start small and bring a bill that requires all elected councilpersons to live in the county. Especially those from the 5th district."

Ok, I've heard the inuendo. Which council members live outside Davidson
county, especially the 5th district ?

By: bfra on 5/28/09 at 6:54

panda - Most of the higher paid Metro employees live outside of Davidson County.

By: MidTNHills on 5/28/09 at 6:55

I wish Mr Crafton would focus on paying his real estate taxes on time like the rest of Davidson County. That would be a good start for him. Maybe he should just focus on himself instead of the bigger issues. I guess it's a good thing he can't be voted out because he is / has been habitually past due.

By: Time for Truth on 5/28/09 at 6:59

This is a dumb idea. Big surprise. He needs to accomplish something good for a change and get the Music City Center on a referendum.

Keeping county vehicles in county, especially in the higher positions, is a good idea. Cops can't take their patrol cars home if they live out of county and this should apply to everyone if it doesn't already.

With the exception of Williamson County residents, people who work in Nashville are probably spending most of their money here too.

pandabear I think your question is answered above.

By: bfra on 5/28/09 at 8:06

People tend to spend most of their money where they live!

By: SirKnight on 5/28/09 at 12:41

I know I'm changing the subect, but..........

I'd like to see all automobiles of cars that commute to Nashville be required inspection stickers on their tags. I would guess that almost half of the folks who work in Davidson County live outside of Davidson County and aren't required auto emissions inspections. Considering that people usually drive to work in their own cars, aren't they just as responsible for helping Nashville keep it's air clean? Why are they immune?

I know this in not a new idea, but I've never heard a reasonable explanation for it. Guess it would be too hard to enforce?

By: JeffF on 5/28/09 at 3:15

Every donut county is required to go through inspections also. The regulation was on the MSA not just on Davidson. I know one brother who has to be inspected in Williamson and an in-law in Rutherford.

Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson residents all have to be inspected.

By: artsmart on 5/28/09 at 3:58

I think all employees elected and otherwise should pay their property taxes. oops sorry Eric.

By: SirKnight on 5/29/09 at 10:49

News to me, JeffF. Thanks.