Franklin Tomorrow’s quarterly Breakfast With the Mayors, presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners, got off to a great start for 2020 on Tuesday, Jan. 22, with the annual Williamson County Mayoral Summit.
Joining Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson and Franklin Mayor Ken Moore for the event were Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little, Nolensville Mayor Jimmy Alexander, Spring Hill Mayor Rick Graham, and Thompson’s Station Mayor Corey Napier. Fairview Mayor John Blade was sick and unable to attend.
Anderson stunned many in the 400-plus crowd with news of population projections which show a 149% growth rate from 2018 to 2045, meaning the county’s population is projected to grow to 548,266 at a rate of 5.51% annually.
Spring Hill Mayor Rick Graham recalled a time when Spring Hill was experiencing “turbo growth” in terms of housing starts, as well as when the City had a property tax rate of zero. A recent tax hike of 9 cents has been dedicated to transportation improvements, and has a sunset clause to make the tax go away after the road projects are finished, Graham said.
Thompson’s Station Mayor Corey Napier also talked of expansive growth in his town where the goal is to create a “modern Mayberry” while achieving the right “cow to human ratio.”
When asked how citizens can best help the mayors in their jobs, Nolensville Mayor Jimmy Alexander encouraged people to get involved in their city on committees or in organizations, but also to attend meetings and follow the process. Napier echoed those comments, encouraging people to follow the dialogue over a period of time.
To watch the hour-long program, click the link below.