Metro councilman presses mayor over property taxes - WSMV News 4

Metro councilman presses mayor over property taxes

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Talk of property taxes has a Metro councilman trying to force the mayor to take a public stand after rampant rumors of a possible increase.

"My money's a little tight right now, so no, I wouldn't favor an increase. But I know that the city could always use more money," said Sylvan Park resident Lisa Dordal.

Despite of the rumors of a possible increase, Mayor Karl Dean would not confirm or deny that a possible increase is coming for Nashville residents.

Metro Councilman Robert Duvall sent Dean a letter asking him to come clean with his plan, one way or the other.

"I felt like, let's clear the table, let's clear the air," Duvall said. "I'm not going to support this, and the mayor can make the rumors go away. It will no longer be a story."

In response, the mayor told The City Paper that Duvall has a "political agenda." It's a suggestion Duvall denies.

"I have no political agenda. My political agenda would be to protect the people of District 33 and Davidson County who don't want a property tax (increase)," Duvall said.

The mayor will soon finalize his budget and present it to the City Council, which will reveal his plans.

It's safe to say Duvall won't be the only one watching.

"I guess my biggest concern is I wouldn't mind paying higher taxes as long as my house is assessed fairly. That's the bottom line for me. And I worry that right now it would be assessed too high," Dordal said.

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