Monday, June 20, 2011

Garrison: Council Races Make for Lively Election Year

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 9:04 AM

At the CP, Joey Garrison's got a piece this morning detailing a slew of interesting Metro Council races coming to a boil. Turnout is expected to be low, Garrison writes, but the stakes aren't, even beyond the fairground referendum:

The next council figures to play a role in some significant debates. Dean’s decision to hold off raising property taxes — and instead restructure the city’s debt in a short-term fix to a long-term problem — has left some wondering how long the city can stave off a tax hike. Dean’s administration has commissioned a study on the feasibility of a new Nashville Sounds baseball stadium, positioning it as a possible second-term issue.

Several entities including the Nashville Symphony have approached the mayor’s office about a new amphitheater at the 11-acre former thermal plant site, and Dean has signaled interest. The mayor has also said investing in mass transit is on his radar, and that would require a dedicated funding source. True upgrades in public transportation would cost millions.

Garrison's got juicy breakdowns of several races, from the District 35 face-off between Bellevue incumbent Bo Mitchell and challenger Tonya Jones to the District 5 dust-up that includes Pam Murray and Priscilla Eaton (who are battling in court as well as at the polls).

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