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Davidson County Residents To Decide 3 Charter Amendments

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Posted at 9:00 PM, Aug 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 17:09:32-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn - Think there are too many candidates to choose from for Metro Council? Or the candidate you just voted for is already out the door?

All of that could change depending on how you vote on three charter amendments in Thursday's Metro election.

Davidson County Charter Amendment 1 would extend term limits for Metro Council members.

Right now, at two four-year terms, two-thirds of the 40-member council is about to turn over.

Amendment 2 also would extend council term limits to three as well as reduce the size of Metro Council from 40 members to just 27.

Council members who support the amendment say the body is too large and cumbersome to get real legislation done.

Opponents of shrinking Metro Council say people will lose representation and access to their council members.

Amendment 3 would require all publicly funded construction projects over $100,000 hire at least 40 percent of its workers from Davidson County, and in good-faith try to make sure 10 percent of that are low income workers.

Opponents say it sounds good in practice, but Davidson County has low unemployment rates, so filling the quota of local workers could add to delays in getting projects finished.