There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm. An agenda has been provided and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices. Also, please do not respond to this email... You can reach me at [email protected].
I hope you and your family enjoyed all of the Juneteenth Celebrations! Below is a great history of Juneteenth from the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
Let's Continue the Work
Budget, Substitute, and Amendments
We will finalize the city budget this evening. This will be the final budget passed by this council, as the term ends in August.
The Budget Chair will introduce his substitute budget tonight, you can find it here on page 487 of the amendments packet. This is a normal process... Here's a quick reminder. The mayor has until the end of April to present the council with their budget. The council then has until the end of June to amend and pass a budget. If the council does not substitute or amend the mayor's budget, the mayor's budget will automatically go into law. The opportunity for the council to submit a substitute and amendments allows us to review the departments' wish lists and, most importantly, respond to the citizen's public hearing comments and outreach.
The chair's substitute has several changes in the budget, here are just a few areas:
- There's an increase from 4% to 6% in the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for all Metro employees.
- There was an ask for 7% increase, and there are a few amendments that are asking for the total 7% increase that will be presented by council members.
- WeGo has an increase of nearly $400K
- There is also an allocation of nearly $3 Million for Better Bus program for capital
- Metro Libraries will see an increase to $630K for a total of $42 Million
There are also a total of 23 amendments. These amendments will be presented following the adoption of the substitute budget. The amendments are in several areas, from budgeting dollars to buy the Morris Building, to a COLA increase, to Arts increases, to removal of SROs in MNPS schools, and many more. You can find the entire amendments packet here. I've been able to get this out much earlier than normal due to all of the additional links and reading I'm asking of you.
District 21 Public Safety Meeting
Tomorrow night at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. I am hosting a public safety community meeting. This is in response to the ongoing gun violence in the DB Todd and Buchanan corridor. Please join us at the North Police Precinct to hear how these issues are being addressed.
What's Happening tonight:
Tonight's big topic is the budget. I shared a brief update of things to expect in the top of my message. This will take the bulk of the time tonight as we have a substitute and 23 amendments to debate.
BL2023-1867 - A bill to be entitled: The Budget Ordinance of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee for Fiscal Year 2024
Dates To Remember:
- District 21 Public Safety Meeting
- Wednesday, June 21
- 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
- North Police Precinct | 2231 26th Ave N
I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.
Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700