[I]f property taxes drive people from place to place, shouldn't the same logic hold true for other taxes, such as those on goods and services, [MTSU researcher David] Penn wonders.In contrast to the Tennessean, this morning's Nashville City Paper merely pits Cunningham against Metro's legal opinions. No questioning the veracity of Cunningham's urban myth there. TTR gets a free pass in the NCP.
"If you look at the sales tax rate, the sales tax rate one would pay in Nashville is actually lower than Murfreesboro — a little, not a lot — but it's lower," Penn said. In Murfreesboro the combined state and local sales tax rate is 9.75 cents on the dollar, as opposed to 9.25 cents in Nashville.
"If you look just at the sales tax rate and argue that that's the most important thing, then from that you would expect to see people moving from Murfreesboro to Davidson, and that's not happening," Penn said.
Both stories provide anecdotal individual interview responses from TTR supporters who want less urban services. They can be easily cancelled out by anecdotes from city guys like me: I want my urban services and I want them run efficiently. I understand that takes revenue and constant oversight by voters. I'm not moving and I don't want TTR, suburbanites, or voters pissed off at the Titans deal trying to strip away the first-responder, public works, and police security services that I am entitled to as an urban taxpayer. If they don't like their services, they can go to Bucksnort.