Legislation clearing the way for the Republican National Convention in 2024 will come back to the Metro Council at its next meeting.
Subway board member Robert Swope, one of the few Republicans in the body, has tabled another draft RNC-Nashville deal after his first effort was thwarted by widespread board opposition to the prospect. to bring the national convention to town.
This time, The Tennessian reportsit has a sweetener.
The separate resolution “opens dialogue between Metro and our state partners to begin imposing development impact fees on Nashville,” he told the newspaper. The state controls local governments who can levy impact fees, which could be used as a tax on new developments to be used for schools, infrastructure, and other city costs.
Axios reported that other possible incentives on the table were allowing inclusive zoning in Nashville, expanding Medicaid in Davidson County, and increasing funding for Nashville schools.
Yet House Majority Leader William Lamberth said Axios that he does not see the RNC vote and the impact fee proposal as “bundled”.
“Nashville doesn’t need to let petty politics get in the way of our state’s economic success,” Lamberth said.
The news sets a different tone than earlier this month when state officials threatened to retaliate against Nashville for pushing back the convention. Among the possible penalties, such as reported by Tennessee Viewpointcut the size of the 40-member Subway Council, halting state support for a new boulevard in the West Bank, and withdrawing the $500 million in support the state had pledged for a new Tennessee Titans stadium — proposals which some who oppose the RNC also support.
The Metro Council will consider the impact fee resolution and RNC ordinance (which requires three readings) at its August 2 meeting. The other RNC finalist, Milwaukee, has already approved a similar resolution, and Republican leaders are expected to decide on a host in the coming days.