Time and the shrinking state budget will tell whether the Spring Hill Mayor is using a little hocus pocus and smoke and mirrors or whether the utopian vision of a land without taxes can ever exist on this side of glory, let alone on the far side of Williamson County.
- - S-townMike (July 2005)The chickens are coming home to roost for fabled Spring Hill, a proverbial city on a hill for those who mythically argued that its repeal of property taxes are the reason why Nashville is purportedly hemorrhaging people to the Williamson County hinterlands. The Spring Hill mirage stood on a tripod: sales taxes, fees exacted on housing development (taxes by another name?) and state-shared revenues (taxes in name paid by the rest of us). Pressing down on that tripod was rapid and apparently poorly managed growth along with the slowing job market.
One of the events the anti-tax utopians either never saw coming or willfully ignored was the national slowdown in the housing market, which knocked out the development fees and buckled the sales taxes. Now Spring Hill managers are scrambling to figure out how to cut services that are in higher demand thanks to growth instead of finding new revenue streams to pay for them. It looks like Spring Hill is waking up from its dream and becoming more like the real world where the rest of us live.