Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | 07:28 am

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.

TACIR Releases Report on Civil Remedies for Invasion of Privacy

Friday, March 13, 2015 | 06:25 am

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.

TACIR Report Recommends Changes to Tennessee’s Annexation Laws

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 | 02:09 pm

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.

Tennessee's Infrastructure Needs Stand at 38.8 Billion

Friday, October 24, 2014 | 12:24 pm

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.

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

Friday, February 21, 2014 | 07:00 am

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.

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

Thursday, February 13, 2014 | 02:25 pm
2014 TVA PILOTs Annual Report to the General Assembly
2014 TVA PILOTs Annual Report to the General Assembly

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.

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

Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 07:34 am

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.

TACIR Releases Report on Government Transparency

Friday, December 13, 2013 | 09:49 am

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.

Tennessee's Public Infrastructure Needs Stand at $37.1 Billion

Monday, September 23, 2013 | 02:25 pm

NASHVILLE—Tennessee needs at least $37.1 billion of public infrastructure improvements to be in some stage of development during the five-year period of 2011-2016 according to new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR).  Even so, public infrastructure needs, as reported by state and local officials, are flat (down only 0.2%) compared with the year before.

TACIR Releases Land Use Report

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | 11:29 am

Nashville, TN–A new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Land Use in Tennessee—Striking a Balance, reviews and comments on seven bills referred to the Commission by the General Assembly last year.  In its report, the Commission notes that disputes between landowners over how they want to use their property have long been a source of tension, but until the early 20th century, the only recourse people had was to take their neighbors to court, a costly, time-consuming, and uncertain process.  By mid-century, through changes in state law, most of those disputes were handled by elected officials or their boards and staff.  Even so, land-use issues are no less controversial, bills aimed at changing the laws designed to settle them are made every year.  The bills sent to the Commission in 2012 focused on four areas of the law:  what constitutes a subdivision, who gets to regulate land use outside city limits in areas set aside for them to annex, roads built by developers, and grandfathering of land uses that don’t conform to new zoning requirements.