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Opponents to Metro tax hike meet for rally

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A group of people upset over Mayor Karl Dean's proposed property tax increase gathered Thursday for a rally opposing the increase.

Sponsored by the Nashville Tea Party, the event was held at Limelight Nashville near LP Field. Attendees signed petitions, collected yard signs and received information on how to contact their council members.

To oppose the rally, Dean held his own gathering at the new Madison police precinct Thursday in support of his 53-cent property tax increase.

Since he proposed the increase a few weeks ago, the mayor has insisted it's needed to fully fund public services like schools, police and the fire department.

And the increase would help pay for the officers who would staff the new Madison Precinct.

"It's enhanced public safety all over the city," Dean said. "And I think that's the type of investment people want to see from their tax dollars. they want to see it in roads, in sidewalks, in police, and they want to see it in schools."

Opponents said having a unified voice is the key, but they also know they need to have another alternative to the mayor's proposal.

"He could have gotten people involved much, much sooner if he wanted to sell this increase," said Ben Cunningham, with the group TN Tax Revolt. "But I think he knew very clearly from the beginning that the great majority of people in Davidson County were opposed to it."

As of now, the only proposal is the one Dean submitted. While one taxpayer watchdog group has released a list of areas that could receive cuts, such as all Metro subsidies, no official alternative to the mayor's plan has been publicly introduced.

Those opposed to the mayor's proposed increase know that time is running out.

"If we let him know, in no uncertain terms, that the people of Davidson County are opposed to this, then I would guess he would come up with a revised budget," Cunningham said.

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