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Resolution RS2020-308 (as amended)

A Resolution requesting credit of all property and business taxes paid in advance or coming due for any period that a business or person requiring such is unable to operate or work in their business due to government shut downs caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

WHEREAS, the outbreak of COVID-19 has made necessary the prohibition of crowds and the uncontrolled closing of businesses throughout Davidson County, TN, and on March 16, 2020, by actions of the Metro Director of Health, bars and restaurants were ordered to close for inside dining or entertainment, followed by Mayor John Cooper’s issuing the Safer at Home Order on March 22, 2020, causing many other businesses to stop or significantly reduce operations; and

WHEREAS, the containment protocol of COVID-19 in Nashville creating the shutdown of businesses in “Music City” which has now resulted in the reduction of or destroying of needed revenue essential to resume and continue operations of all closed businesses, and

WHEREAS, wages and income have been reduced or eliminated for many residents, especially those in the hospitality and music industries, subcontractors in many other industries such as salons and hair/personal hygiene operations and the thousands that depend on small businesses in Nashville to provide employment which are integral parts of Nashville’s identity and economy; and

WHEREAS, the sacrifices of the Nashville small business community and industries along with places of worship have created financial and spiritual hardships that has resulted to each of these operators and those individuals through no fault or lack of knowledge or malice, and

WHEREAS, the actions taken by Governor Bill Lee, through executive order 29 dated April 24, 2020, now opens up most of all Tennessee counties with the exceptions of Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby, or Sullivan. Those named counties shall have the authority to maintain any existing order or issue further restrictions regarding the operation of restaurants for the purposes of containment or management of the spread of COVID-19.

WHEREAS, with the continued efforts and closing of many small businesses in Nashville will result in permanent closures of several businesses, and therefore we in the Metropolitan Nashville/Davison County government have a responsibility to each member or our community, and

WHEREAS, monthly and annual county Taxes are placed upon businesses and their employees by Metro Nashville.

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

Section 1. That the Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as requesting a credit or suspension of any and all property and business related taxes that accrue after April 24th and until public health restrictions are lifted and required by any business owning any real or personal property in Davidson County when COVID-19 outbreak first created business closures in Davidson County.

Section 2. That the Metropolitan Council encourages all landlords to provide a credit to be refunded by Metro Nashville to those landlords, so as to pass on monthly discounts to tenants for any rents required for continued payment/dwelling of rented space, and those landlords waive late fees and create delayed payment plans for tenants and customers whose businesses have been forced to close and those employees whose monthly incomes have dropped significantly; and in the absence of revenue, apartment dwelling/home rental for employees in Davidson County. Those landlords would provide credits to the nonworking tenant of the effected business on the employees’ rent, landlords would provide their response by the last day of each month until all restrictions are lifted, and those small business owners would be responsible for providing the proof of the amount desired for credit or refund of any real or personal property, the exception would be those businesses that received the “PPP” forgivable loans by the federal government. If said loan is not forgiven by the “SBA” or lending entity the credit or refund would remain in force. Metropolitan Council requests that credits or refunds be extended by a percentage basis until affected small businesses may regain 100% of their operations for the business space they maintain in Davidson County.

Section 3. 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)

Steve Glover

Legislative History

Referred toBudget and Finance Committee

IntroducedMay 5, 2020

Deferred to May 19, 2020May 5, 2020

FailedMay 19, 2020

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Last Modified: 05/25/2020 4:37 PM