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Proposed AMP Tax Hike Defeated -- Sky Arnold

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A proposed tax hike to help pay for the $175 million dollar Amp bus project died Tuesday night.

Metro Council Member Charlie Tygard said he proposed a series of hikes including a 1/2 cent sales tax increase and a raise to the vehicle registration fee to start a dialogue on how to pay for the Amp.

"It's a conversation this community desperately needs to begin at some point if we are talking about forming better mass transit for Nashville, Davidson County the region how do we pay for it," said Tygard.

Tygard himself claimed he wasn't sure if he would vote for the hike  and some on the Council, including Council Member Ronnie Steine felt it was a distraction with little hope of passage.
"This sales tax hike has created a great deal of email chatter today and for me I may have missed something but I see no strong support for this," said Steine.

Opponents like Steine gained enough support to kill both of Tygard's bills and he withdrew them.

If eventually approved the Amp will be a rapid bus system taking passengers from East Nashville to White Bridge Road.

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