• 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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  • Tennessee's Public Infrastructure Needs Stand at $37.1 Billion

    Monday, September 23, 2013 | 10:25am

    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.

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  • TACIR Releases Land Use Report

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | 7:29am

    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.

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  • TACIR Releases Report on Fire Service Funding

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | 7:23am

    Nashville, TN–Despite some improvement, Tennessee remains among the ten jurisdictions with the highest fire death rates nationwide, underscoring the importance of better understanding fire service in the state.  Which is why the General Assembly asked the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) to study how fire service is funded, in rural and suburban areas, whether provided by paid or volunteer fire departments, and to determine the effect on local governments of not having a fully funded fire department and what it would mean for firefighting to be made an essential service.

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  • Tennessee and the US May Not Reach Pre-Recession Employment Peaks for Another Ten Years

    Thursday, May 30, 2013 | 9:26am

    Nashville–According to a new staff report released by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, the recession that began in 2007 was one of the worst general economic declines that most Americans have ever experienced.  Starting in the construction sector, the decline spread to the financial sector and eventually rippled throughout the economy, causing significant collateral damage in most other areas.  Employment in Tennessee dropped by 220,000 and in the US by 8.7 million.  Almost six years after the recession began employment has yet to fully recover.  Some job sectors were insulated from the damage—most notably education and health services.  Others, like the state and local government sectors, were able to postpone some of the recession’s effects.  Job growth during the recovery has varied by sector, as well as between Tennessee and the US and by region within Tennessee.  Recent employment forecasts predict that several sectors of both the US and the Tennessee economies may not reach pre-recession peaks for another ten years or more.

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  • TVA Develops Innovative Strategies to Avoid Federally Imposed Debt Ceiling

    Monday, May 13, 2013 | 10:17am

    Nashville–The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has developed a number of innovative financing methods in order to stay within the $30 billion debt ceiling imposed on it by Congress in 1979.  These include the use of sale-and-lease back and lease-and-lease back arrangements.  A sale-and-lease back arrangement between TVA and an Electric Generation & Transmission Cooperative could affect the distribution of PILOT funds and negatively affect county and city funds, as was the case in Mississippi following the sale of the Southaven plant.  Under that arrangement, TVA operates the plant and all sales of electricity produced are through TVA.  Revenues are counted as TVA revenues and subject to the PILOT allocation to states.  Although the fact that TVA doesn’t own the Southaven plant doesn’t affect the PILOT allocation across states, it does affect the PILOT distribution to the state of Mississippi.

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  • New Report Confronts Challenges to Tennessee's Future

    Monday, April 08, 2013 | 2:26am

    NASHVILLE––A new staff report to the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) says Tennesseans need a shared, long-term vision to make the most of the state’s assets and meet current and future challenges.  Called Charting a Course to Tennessee’s Future, the report offers the best thinking of a cross-section of public officials, private sector leaders, and members of academia on how to envision a better future, work toward common goals, and solve shared problems.

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  • TACIR Releases Eminent Domain Report

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013 | 9:07am

    NASHVILLE, TN – Today, the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) released its report Eminent Domain in Tennessee, a study of two bills referred to TACIR by the General Assembly last year: Senate Bill 1566 (Ketron) [House Bill 1576 (Carr)] and House Bill 2877 (Gotto) [Senate Bill 2745 (Johnson)].  The government cannot take your land without paying for it, but they can force you to sell; this action is called condemnation.  The power to condemn is referred to as eminent domain.

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  • Tennessee's Public Infrastructure Needs Continue to Grow—Now Stand at $38 Billion

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | 8:44am

    NASHVILLE—According to a new report released by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR), at least $38 billion worth of public infrastructure improvements need to be in some stage of development during state fiscal years 2011 through 2015.  This report provides two types of information: (1) needed infrastructure improvements and (2) the condition of existing elementary and secondary (K-12) public schools.  To be included in the inventory, infrastructure projects must not be considered normal maintenance and must involve a capital cost of at least $50,000.

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  • TACIR's Executive Director Dr. Harry A. Green Retires After 39 Years of Service

    Friday, April 20, 2012 | 5:19am
    NASHVILLEDr. Harry A. Green retired his post as executive director of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) on April 13, 2012, after 39 years of service to the State of Tennessee. Dr. Green began his career with the State in 1978 as Chief of Research and Statistics for the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury and was appointed executive director of TACIR in 1981. The Commission was created in 1978 in response to legislative findings indicating the need for a permanent intergovernmental body to study and take action on questions of organizational patterns, powers, functions, and relationships among federal, state, and local governments. It was initially staffed by the Comptroller’s Office, the State Planning Office, and the Office of Legal Services. The Commission has served as a source of expertise to state and local officials and has been instrumental in improving education funding, local planning, industrial development, emergency communications, and the administration of the property tax.

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  • Tennessee's Public Infrastructure Needs Continue to Grow—Now Stand at $37.6 Billion

    Monday, September 26, 2011 | 8:44am
    NASHVILLE—According to a new report released by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR), at least $37.6 billion worth of public infrastructure improvements need to be in some stage of development during the five-year period of 2009 to 2014. The information presented in this report provides two types of information: (1) needed infrastructure improvements and (2) the condition of existing elementary and secondary (K-12) public schools. To be included in the inventory, infrastructure projects must not be considered normal maintenance and must involve a capital cost of at least $50,000.

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