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Some Metro Council members want more transparency on incentives given to corporations

Members of the Nashville Metro Council are calling for more transparency when it comes to incentives the city gives to corporations to move here.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Members of the Nashville Metro Council are calling for more transparency when it comes to incentives the city gives to corporations to move here.

Council members Anthony Davis, Erica Gilmore, and Fabian Bedne will introduce what's being called the "Do Better Bill." In a statement release, the council members say they want more information on incentives such as property tax breaks, cash grants, and payments in lieu of taxes given to entice corporations to move to Nashville.

The details council members want to see include the type and number of jobs created pre and post-construction, estimated wages of jobs to be offered, and whether the company has had any safety or wage violations the last ten years, and if the company intends on using apprenticeship programs.

Community coalition group Stand Up Nashville is supporting the bill. Co-Chair Odessa Kelly says "When people in the community read about these huge tax deals in the newspaper or on Facebook, they wonder if it will really benefit their family or their neighbors. There are still many people in Nashville struggling, and this bill says to them: ‘you matter!’”

A press conference on the bill's introduction is slated for 5:30pm on Tuesday in front of the Metro Courthouse. FOX 17 News will have details live during our 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. broadcasts.

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