Gulch business owner upset about property taxes

Posted at 11:02 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 00:02:58-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — While Metro Council decided not to raise the property tax rate this year, the owner of a local barbecue joint took to social media, concerned with how much money the city's bringing in on the backs of small businesses.

Carey Bringle -- the owner of Peg Leg Porker -- says his property taxes have increased 8-fold since 2012.

He says even though he recently added a second floor to Peg Leg that roughly doubled his restaurants value -- and doubled his taxes -- it was businesses like his that have helped the Gulch get to where it is now.

He says it isn't right for the city to dole out tax breaks only to developers behind nearby condos and corporations.

"But yet [the city] is not giving anything to a small business owner who has created 50 new jobs and invested his own money and personally invested in the community where he grew up, I think there's a problem," Bringle said.

Bringle says he's worried that businesses may leave the gulch because of the increased tax bills, in fact he says he thinks it's already started.