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Nashville, TN

Type: Sales Tax


Nashville is assembling a 25-year $5.2 billion regional transit plan, which would include light rail in Nashville, commuter rail in surrounding counties, and a downtown transit connection tunnel.  The plan would also include dedicated funding for operations and maintenance costs over the next 50 years.  80% of the proposed plan would be covered by an increase in local sales taxes; there would be a half-cent increase beginning in July 2018, and that would be raised to a 1% sales tax in 2023.  Officials project $90 million from the increased sales tax in the first year (FY2019).  Overall, new tax revenue dedicated to transit in FY2019 will be $110 million (the additional $20 million coming from a combination of small increases in other local taxes, bond revenue, and fares).  The state legislature passed the IMPROVE Act in the spring of 2017, which both raises the statewide gas tax and provides enabling legislation for communities to hold referendums for local option sales taxes or other taxes to fund transit projects.  Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is championing the referendum, and a PAC has formed to raise money for the initiative.  The metro council must pass legislation in February to formally place the measure on the ballot.

2017 Results
17 Measures

Win: 15
Loss:  2

Success Rate: 88%

2016 Results
23 States
77 Measures

Win: 55
Loss: 22


Success Rate: 71%


2015 Results
10 States
34 Measures

Win: 23
Loss: 11

Success Rate: 68%


2014 Results YTD
18 States
61 Measures

Win: 42
Loss: 19

Success Rate: 69%


2013 Results
8 States
15 Measures

Win: 11
Loss: 4

Success Rate: 73%