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Resolution RS2020-309

A Resolution urging Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Marsha Blackburn and Congressman Jim Cooper to make unrestricted relief funds for local governments a requirement for their support for any future COVID-19 relief packages.

WHEREAS, Metro Nashville has had a strict adherence to nationally recommended social distancing guidelines, which has assisted in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in Davidson County; and

WHEREAS, however, another result of these strict social distancing guidelines has been a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in local sales tax and other revenues as Nashville’s residents face a new normal; and

WHEREAS, Metro Nashville has never truly recovered from the cuts to public services made in the Great Recession and would, under normal circumstances, aim to make new investments in education, public services, and vital infrastructure; and

WHEREAS, the federal government has sent a clear message about the severity of this crisis by spending $2 trillion and counting to mitigate the economic impact of the crisis for individuals and businesses; and

WHEREAS, if local governments are not provided a path to recover for lost revenue, it will work directly against the stated goals of the relief effort to soften the economic fallout of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the funding allocated for local governments in the CARES Act is restricted in use and cannot replace revenues lost from decreased economic activity; and

WHEREAS, in Metro Nashville, the only likely mechanism capable of replacing the hundreds of millions in lost revenues is the property tax, and the amount of increase on the Metro property tax rate is directly correlated to the amount of unrestricted federal relief funding allocated to Metro Nashville; and

WHEREAS, for these reasons, the Metropolitan Council requests that Senator Alexander, Senator Blackburn, and Congressman Cooper stand up for local governments and work to ensure that future COVID-19 relief packages include assistance for local governments.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That the Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record as requesting that the Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Marsha Blackburn, and Congressman Jim Cooper make unrestricted local government relief funds a requirement for their support of any future Covid-19 relief package.

Section 2. The Metropolitan Clerk is directed to send a certified copy of this Resolution to Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Marsha Blackburn and Congressman Jim Cooper.

Section 3. That this resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Delishia Porterfield, Thomas Cash, Sharon Hurt, Emily Benedict, Ginny Welsch, Nancy VanReece, Zulfat Suara, Kyonzté Toombs, Gloria Hausser, Brandon Taylor, Thom Druffel, Russ Bradford, Freddie O'Connell, Burkley Allen, Sandra Sepulveda

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedMay 5, 2020

AdoptedMay 5, 2020

ApprovedMay 6, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 05/25/2020 4:08 PM