Local Government

Bellevue is an unincorporated community of Davidson County. The city of Nashville and Davidson County were consolidated in 1963 as a way for Nashville to combat the problems of urban sprawl, and the combined entity is officially known as “the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.” Most folks call it “Metro Nashville” or simply “Metro.”

cityhallMetro government offers services such as police, fire, electricity, water and sewage treatment. Metro Nashville is divided into 14 communities, one of which is Bellevue, along with six smaller municipalities within the consolidated city-county: Belle Meade, Berry Hill, Forest Hills, Goodlettsville, Oak Hill and Ridgetop.

Nashville is governed by a mayor, vice-mayor, and 40-member Metropolitan Council — 35 representing individual council districts, plus five at-large members. The current mayor is Karl Dean. Metro Council is the legislative government body for Nashville and Davidson County. The Bellevue community is represented by four council districts, although two (Districts 22 and 35) cover more than 75 percent of Bellevue. Metro Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Learn more at nashville.gov.

Metro Council Representation

District 22

417 W. F. Rust Court
Nashville, TN 37221
sheri.weiner@nashville.gov
(615) 347-7544

Metropolitan Council Office
One Public Square, Suite 204
P. O. Box 196300
Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6300

Profession
Doctor of Audiology
Vice President
Champion One

Education
University of Georgia, BSEd, Communication Disorders
University of Tennessee, MA, Audiology
University of Florida, AuD, Audiology

Family
Married to Sonny Farmer
Two daughters – Alison Kirshner and Andrea Falik

Religious Affiliation
Jewish

Council Committees
Budget and Finance
Codes
Chair, Personnel

Organizations
Former President, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
President, Exchange Club of Bellevue
President, Pine Forest Homeowners Association
Chair, TN Licensing Board for Hearing Aid Dispensers
Congregation Micah Choir

District 23

Mina Johnson

Metropolitan Council Office
One Public Square, Suite 204
P. O. Box 196300
Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6300

mina.johnson@nashville.gov
(615) 429-7857 (Cell)

Occupation

  • Community Volunteer
  • Caregiver

Previous Occupations

  • Corporate Interpreter, Bilingual Recruiter – NiS International
  • Assistant Food and Beverage Manager – Omni Netherland Hotel
  • General Manager – Restaurant Mina’s
  • General Manager – Okamoto Corp.
  • Accounting Assistant

Family

  • Gavin Johnson – Spouse
  • Shizuka Suzuki – Mother
  • Louise Edens – Grandmother-in-law
  • Santino – Pyrenean Mastiff

Education

  • Graduate of Japanese Public School System
  • ESL Class at Emory University

Council Committees

  • Planning, Zoning and Historical
  • Public Works
  • Rules – Confirmations – Public Elections

Community Involvement

  • Japan-America Society of Tennessee (JAST)
  • Women for Tennessee’s Future (WTF)
  • Women In Numbers (WIN)
  • Nashville Next Community Engagement Committee
  • Mayor Dean’s Citizens Advisory Committee for Amp
  • Nashville Neighborhood Group
  • Past Treasurer of West Meade Park Neighborhood Association
District 35

Dave Rosenberg

7429 Riverfront Drive
Bellevue, TN 37221
(615) 208-7129
dave.rosenberg@nashville.gov

Profession

President, ILG Web Services
Education

B.B.A., Accounting, University of Georgia
Family

Married to Allison Rosenberg
Sons, Brandon and Justin
Dogs, Abbey and Rudy
Organizations

Bellevue Harpeth Chamber of Commerce
Metro Schools Parent Advisory Council
Gower Elementary School PTO Executive Board
Harpeth River Watershed Association

District 34

Angie Henderson
Metropolitan Council Office
One Public Square, Suite 204
P. O. Box 196300
Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6300

Telephone: 615 260-5530
angie.henderson@nashville.gov

State Government

Tennessee’s governor holds office for a four-year term and may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. The governor is the only official who is elected statewide. Unlike most states, the state does not elect the lieutenant governor directly; the Tennessee Senate elects its Speaker, who serves as lieutenant governor.

The Tennessee General Assembly, the state legislature, consists of the 33-member Senate and the 99-member House of Representatives. Senators serve four-year terms, and House members serve two-year terms. Each chamber chooses its own speaker. The speaker of the state Senate also holds the title of lieutenant-governor. Constitutional officials in the legislative branch are elected by a joint session of the legislature.

Taxes

The Tennessee income tax does not apply to salaries and wages, but most income from stock, bonds and notes receivable is taxable. All taxable dividends and interest which exceed the $1,250 single exemption or the $2,500 joint exemption are taxable at the rate of 6%. The state’s sales and use tax rate for most items is 9.25%. Food is taxed at a lower rate of 5.25%, but candy, dietary supplements and prepared food are taxed at the full 7% rate. Local sales taxes are collected in most jurisdictions, at rates varying from 1.5% to 2.75%, bringing the total sales tax to between 8.5% and 9.75%, one of the highest levels in the nation. Intangible property is assessed on the shares of stock of stockholders of any loan company, investment company, insurance company or for-profit cemetery companies. The assessment ratio is 40% of the value multiplied by the tax rate for the jurisdiction. Tennessee imposes an inheritance tax on decedents’ estates that exceed maximum single exemption limits ($1,000,000 for deaths in 2006 and thereafter). (adapted from Wikipedia)

State & Federal Representation

301 6th Avenue North
Suite 37 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 741-4317
Fax: (615) 741-0360
Washington, DC Office

1536 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
phone: (202) 225-4311
fax: (202) 226-1035
hours: M-F 9:00am-6:00pm

Nashville District Office

605 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219
phone: (615) 736-5295
fax: (615) 736-7479
hours: M-F 8:00am-5:00pm

301 6th Avenue North
Suite 310 War Memorial Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 741-6679
Fax: (615) 253-0275