TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Jun 8, 2021

A Nashville court yesterday heard arguments in the ongoing legal battle over a property tax referendum set for a July 27 special election vote, the Tennessean reports. The group 4 Good Government, led by attorney Jim Roberts, filed the petition to place six initiatives on the ballot, including one that would roll back the city’s recent property tax increase. In arguments before Judge Russell Perkins, Metro Nashville legal called the petition “defective” and “unconstitutional.” Legal counsel for the Davidson County Election Commissions said that the petition was lawfully filed and that the commission acted accordingly in its 3-2 decision to allow the initiatives on the ballot. Both sides also clashed on the proposed election date, the signature-gathering threshold and how the signatures were counted. Attorneys for the commission want the judge to solely examine the commission’s conduct instead of the substance of the petition since the case is waiting on the judge’s judicial review instead of a declaratory judgement. Metro attorneys said they will file a separate suit seeking declaratory judgement if the judicial review doesn’t resolve the situation. Perkins is expected to issue a written ruling by June 18.