Tenn. Supreme Court denies Davidson Co. Election Commisison appeal request

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Posted at 5:52 PM, Jul 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-09 19:55:31-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Supreme Court announced it will not take up the Davidson County Election Commission's Metro Charter referendum appeal.

The ruling by the Tennessee Supreme Court states, "The Court concludes that this case does not warrant the extraordinary action of the exercise of the Court’s authority to assume jurisdiction. As a result, the motion to assume jurisdiction is DENIED."

The Davidson County Election commission voted to appeal a judge's ruling to strike down a charter referendum on Metro's property tax - The Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act.

And in order to determine whether or not residents will be voting on a referendum this year, the Davidson County Election Commission filed an appeal to the Tennessee Supreme Court to speed up the process.

Property taxes became the center of debate last year when Metro's budget was approved with a 34% property tax hike in it. The group 4 Good Government wanted to keep that from ever happening again, but two versions of the act were struck down by lower courts.

Mayor Cooper has criticized the referendum and the use of taxpayer dollars on continued litigation that two judges already called unconstitutional.

While the court declined to immediately take the case, it could likely still follow the traditional appeals process, where it would be heard by the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

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