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Metro Impact Fees Fluctuate to Collect Republican National Convention Votes – Tennessee Lookout

The Metro Nashville Council will consider a proposal to create a development impact fee next week. This is part of a clear effort to loosen the voting pot to bring the 2024 Republican National Convention to Nashville.

The move is believed to be tricky after the council rejected a Republican National Committee vote in early July, but Metro councilor Robert Swap said on Wednesday in his ordinance and in Nashville. It was confirmed that the resolution to support the holding of the convention would be revived.

Swope also supports a resolution sponsored by Councilor Jonathan Hall to set impact fees, a measure that requires state legislature approval. I couldn’t ask the hall for comment on Wednesday.

The item will be considered on August 2nd.

I think this is a product of the councilor Swope’s imagination.

– Metro Councilor Bob Mendes on new efforts to bring the 2024 Republican National Convention to Nashville.

The Republican Site Selection Committee has already voted to host the convention in Milwaukee. However, Swope and state Republican leaders want to be able to convince the Metro Council to participate in the election with the final vote pending.

Officially a nonpartisan organization, Swope, the only Republican member of the council, is also the sole sponsor of the RNC Ordinance. The ordinance sets a security agreement and brings about $ 50 million in federal funding to pay police overtime and related costs. Other costs will be borne by the host committee seeking to raise up to $ 65 million, including $ 25 million approved by the state legislature for the event.

Swope said he wasn’t sure if the mayor’s office would support the transfer of shock charges. He also said that “paid individuals” were not involved in encouraging council members to vote for the RNC Ordinance, but discussing whether council members are lobbying. Refused.

Councilor Bob Mendes predicted that any Swope-backed action would fail.

“I think this is a product of the imagination of Councilor Swap,” Mendes said Wednesday.

He questioned whether the mayor’s office had negotiated a move in shock charges and questioned whether anyone at the state level provided such a law. He said he had never seriously discussed impact charges, which cost developers and customers high, as the council tried to increase supply and reduce costs.

Axios Nashville said House Majority leader William Lamberth said the impact rate law had nothing to do with the Republican National Committee issue.

“We haven’t negotiated, raised taxes, or donated money to members of the Metro Council for the pork project in return for the vote,” said House Speaker Cameron Sexton, a spokesman.

“They can support or disagree with the resolution supporting RNC’s desire to have Nashville as the host site for the tournament. It’s not too late for Metro to do the right thing. If you want to raise taxes on their residents, that’s a vote the council needs to take. In addition, they have a team of lobbyists at the General Assembly to represent their interests, “said spokesman Doug Kuchner. Said on behalf of Sexton.

A spokesman for Vice Governor Randy McNally said on Wednesday that he had heard the subject matter discussed but had never seen either of the Metro resolutions.

Darren Jernigan, Member of Parliament, D-Old Hickory (Photo: Tennessee Parliament)

“A bill that allows the Metro to assess impact charges would be a local bill. If a Davidson County delegation submits such a bill, he will do it like any other local bill. Will be considered, “said spokesman Adam Kleinheider.

In contrast, State legislator Darren Jernigan, a former member of the Metro Nashville Council, called the issue a “sweet deal.”

He tried to pass the Impact Charges Act in 2020, but encountered opposition from Republican and Democratic members of the House State and Local Government Commissions, including those who have impact charges in their own country. Under his bill, impact charges would have generated $ 110 million annually to cover infrastructure costs such as sidewalks in Metro Nashville.

“It’s for smart growth,” said Jernigan.

Jernigan’s law exempts affordable housing and nonprofits from shock charges.

Democrats Old Hickory said he spoke with several council members on Wednesday and told them that the Republican National Convention could be a “huge game changer” for Nashville. Jernigan went to Davidson County as state parliament created a new parliamentary district to make it difficult to elect a Democrat, legislated private school vouchers, and changed the state’s kindergarten-to-high school funding system. He said he understands that he opposes hosting an RNC here, among other attacks. ..

But he pointed out that Metro Nashville is in a position to make $ 200 million.

“The economic impact on our city is really hard to ignore,” he said.

Republican Sam Whitson, who grew up in Nashville, has also encouraged members of the Metro Council to uphold the RNC Ordinance.

“It’s a big plus and may help heal the gap between Nashville and the General Assembly,” Whitson said Wednesday.

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