• Tennessee Needs at Least $41.5 Billion of Public Infrastructure Improvements

    Friday, September 09, 2016 | 12:59pm

    Tennessee needs at least $41.5 billion of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of 2014-2019 according to a new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR).  The need for public infrastructure improvements as reported by state and local officials is down $299 million (0.7%) compared with the year before, mainly because of a $611 million decrease in the Transportation and Utilities category that was driven by $1 billion in decreased costs for road projects already in the inventory.

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  • Hotels, Homesteads, and Power Plants: Three Studies on Disparate Topics

    Friday, February 12, 2016 | 12:04pm

    Nashville, TN, February 12 – A state policy group, the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, has recently concluded its reports on three studies, each required by state law, that provide a glimpse into the breadth and complexity of the policy issues routinely confronted by the state and its local governments.  While the three reports cover disparate topics—lodging taxes, homestead exemptions, and payments in lieu of taxes—they each demonstrate the complex, overlapping nature of our federal, state, and local governments and how the actions of one can affect others.  The Commission’s reports are posted on its website at www.tn.gov/tacir.

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  • Tennessee Needs at Least $42.3 Billion of Public Infrastructure Improvements

    Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 1:31pm

    NASHVILLE—Tennessee needs at least $42.3 billion of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of 2013-2018 according to a new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR).  The need for public infrastructure improvements as reported by state and local officials is up $4.1 billion (10.7%) compared with the year before, mainly because bridges with remedial needs exceeding $50,000 are now treated as immediate needs, consistent with all other project types in the inventory regardless of when funds will be available to repair or upgrade them.  Without those bridge projects, the total cost would have increased by only $369 million (1.0%).

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  • TACIR Releases Report on Valuing Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Properties in Tennessee

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | 10:06am

    Nashville, TN, March 17, 2015—Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) are the most significant federal incentive to support affordable housing for low-income Americans and have broad support at all levels, but there is wide disagreement about the most appropriate approach to valuing the properties they help fund.  The LIHTC program promotes investment in low-income housing with federal tax credits granted in return for restrictions on rent and tenant income.  Without the credits, which are the primary source of income for investors in these projects, they likely would not be built.

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  • TACIR Releases Report on Valuing Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Properties in Tennessee

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | 3:28am

    Nashville, TN–Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) are the most significant federal incentive to support affordable housing for low-income Americans and have broad support at all levels, but there is wide disagreement about the most appropriate approach to valuing the properties they help fund.  The LIHTC program promotes investment in low-income housing with federal tax credits granted in return for restrictions on rent and tenant income.  Without the credits, which are the primary source of income for investors in these projects, they likely would not be built.

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  • TACIR Releases Report on Civil Remedies for Invasion of Privacy

    Monday, March 16, 2015 | 9:34am

    Nashville, TN March 13, 2015 – New technologies that make it easier to intrude on a person’s privacy without setting foot on their property are becoming cheaper and more pervasive, and traditional legal remedies for physical invasions of privacy do not explicitly protect against them.  Legislation proposed in Tennessee last year by state Representative Ryan Williams would have created a new right to sue someone who captured or attempted to capture an image, recording, or impression using high-tech camera lenses or audio recording equipment, regardless of whether the image or recording was published.

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  • TACIR Releases Report on Civil Remedies for Invasion of Privacy

    Friday, March 13, 2015 | 2:25am

    Nashville, TN – New technologies that make it easier to intrude on a person’s privacy without setting foot on their property are becoming cheaper and more pervasive, and traditional legal remedies for physical invasions of privacy do not explicitly protect against them.  Legislation proposed in Tennessee last year by state Representative Ryan Williams would have created a new right to sue someone who captured or attempted to capture an image, recording, or impression using high-tech camera lenses or audio recording equipment, regardless of whether the image or recording was published.

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  • TACIR Report Recommends Changes to Tennessee's Annexation Laws

    Thursday, March 12, 2015 | 10:35am

    An unprecedented moratorium on most annexation in Tennessee will soon be lifted, and a new scheme requiring consent from landowners or referendums for all annexations will go into effect.  The state legislature made this change in 2014 and tasked a state policy group, the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, with reviewing the new law and related statutes to determine whether other changes might be needed to fully implement it.  The Commission just released its report, which is posted on its website.

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  • TACIR Report Recommends Changes to Tennessee’s Annexation Laws

    Wednesday, March 04, 2015 | 8:09am

    Nashville, TN, – An unprecedented moratorium on most annexation in Tennessee will soon be lifted, and a new scheme requiring consent from landowners or referendums for all annexations will go into effect.  The state legislature made this change in 2014 and tasked a state policy group, the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, with reviewing the new law and related statutes to determine whether other changes might be needed to fully implement it.  The Commission just released its report, which is posted on its website at www.tn.gov/tacir.

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  • Tennessee's Infrastructure Needs Stand at 38.8 Billion

    Friday, October 24, 2014 | 8:24am

    Tennessee needs at least $38.8 billion of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of 2012-2017 according to a new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR).  The need for public infrastructure improvements, as reported by state and local officials, is up $1.3 billion (3.5%) compared with the year before.

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  • Report Recommends Giving Customers Living Outside of Cities Ways to Ensure Fair Water and Sewer Rates

    Friday, February 21, 2014 | 1:00am

    Nashville–A new report by a state commission recommends ways to ensure fair water and sewer rates for non-city customers of city utilities.  The report is the result of complaints by residents of Piney Flats in Sullivan County who receive water and sewer service from Johnson City that they, like all non-resident customers of the city, are charged rates double those charged city residents without justification.  A bill by their state representative, Timothy Hill, that would have capped their rates at 150% of rates charged city residents was sent to the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations for study.

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  • TVA Payments Down Again. Changing Conditions and Policies Could Affect the Balance of Payments Across the Region.

    Thursday, February 13, 2014 | 8:25am

    Nashville, TN–Estimated payments from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for Tennessee and other states in the region served by the authority are $25 million less for the federal fiscal year 2013-14 than the $547 million in actual payments for the previous fiscal year.  This will be the second consecutive year in which TVA revenues and payments declined.  The estimated decline in payments results from the continued slow pace of economic recovery, the loss of a major direct industrial customer, greater energy efficiency, and mild weather.  Even with the severe winter weather this year, TVA is expecting another decline in electricity sales.  They reported in early February that electricity sales in the final three months of 2013 were down $245 million from last year.

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  • TACIR Releases Interim Report on Public Chapter 441, Acts of 2013

    Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 1:34am

    Nashville, TN– A state commission directed last year to study growth planning and municipal boundary changes in Tennessee has recommended extending the state’s current moratorium on some types of annexations while the group and the legislature continue to study those issues.  The recommendation by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) is included in its interim report to the Tennessee General Assembly.  The report provides a number of options for further consideration and continued research.

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  • TACIR Releases Report on Government Transparency

    Friday, December 13, 2013 | 3:49am

    Access to government information has been important since America’s founding, but 21st century advances in technology have raised citizens’ expectations.  The Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations has released a report, Government Transparency: Can One Size Fit All? exploring the kinds of data governments should be making readily available, as well as challenges that stand in the way.  Because of the differences in size, complexity, and resources of Tennessee’s state and local governments, the report suggests that a varied approach is needed to improve government transparency and provides a range of options that could help most governments improve information accessibility.

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