AFP-TN Issues Statement on Mayor O’Connell’s Nashville Transit Tax Plan

May 2, 2024 by AFP

Nashville, TN – Six years ago, Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee (AFP-TN) defeated the Nashville Transit Tax: a $9 billion boondoggle that would have given Nashville the highest taxes in the nation. AFP-TN enlisted its full grassroots efforts, knocking on thousands of doors and talking to Davidson County folks, which resulted in an overwhelming defeat of the plan.

Now, Mayor O’Connell is proposing a more reasonable $3 billion plan.

Tori Venable, AFP-TN State Director, released the following statement:

“Six years ago, the Nashville taxpayers won by roundly rejecting the Transit Tax via referendum. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and Stop The Train partners, we were able to reject the ill-conceived boondoggle that would have given Nashville the highest sales tax in the nation without solving our traffic woes.

“At $3 billion dollars, Mayor O’Connell’s new transit tax plan is a third of the initial cost of the 2018 plan. It’s up to his office to make the case for a higher sales tax to fund more bus services, improved lights, and better city crosswalks. Ultimately, Nashville will decide if the transit services & improvements are worth the tax hike. 

“We encourage Mayor O’Connell to continue looking to slash the budget and protect Nashville taxpayers from property tax hikes that are just down the pike.”