The Metro Council's most vocal, most visible conservative, Eric Crafton, told his fellows during last night's budget debate that the Council should be proud that it increased the budget without raising taxes. While heaping his praise, Mr. Crafton neglected to mention that the Council was able to raise revenues to provide services to the community by raising fees on items like alarm permits and immunizations (and by cutting services elsewhere).
We hear periodic resistance on the right to raising government fees, because such action is judged to be a de facto tax increase by another name. Council conservatives, who generally give expenditures a good tongue lashing, ignored the fee raises during last night's debate of the budget. That signifies a rubber stamp of fee raises.
However, whether they are called "fees" or "taxes," revenues were raised to pay for services that Nashvillians wanted last night, and any remaining resistance to raising revenues caused the erosion of public services in departments like Metro Parks.
UPDATE: Regarding one of those fees vs. taxes debates, see this. Make sure to include this, too. Then see this.