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].
Let's Continue the Work
Countywide Participatory Budgeting
Nashville has embarked on a citywide Participatory Budgeting program. What does that mean for you? It means the city’s checkbook is in your hands! $10 million of Nashville’s money has been set aside for projects that are nominated and voted on by Davison County residents. Anybody age 14 and older can suggest ideas – as many as you want! – and then vote on the finalists this fall.
What kinds of ideas qualify? Just about anything you can dream up, as long as it serves a public use or purpose – meaning it delivers a direct, primary, concrete or quantifiable benefit to the people of Davidson County. Ideas that only benefit private individuals are not eligible.
To learn more about the process and to submit ideas visit pb.Nashville.gov
City Budget Overview
The first noticeable difference with this year's proposed budget is a 26% increase. The city's budget generally sees only a 4% - 6% growth and we can expect that type of increase moving forward.
This proposed budget also satisfies a fund balance policy, passed by the City Council, requiring Metro to have at least 2-months worth of operating budget expenses in our savings account and at least 50% of our annual budgeted debt. This was created to ensure that Metro will have at least 2-months of funding to fully operate the city's needs in case of a funding emergency or short fall. We have to make sure we're paying our bills!
The proposal funds MNPS with the largest budget in the School District's history. We essentially had to find ways to increase this budget due to a lack of any increase at all from the State. This required the city to be sure we do not have any funding short falls for schools. This budget will be able to fund 86,000+ students with roughly $15,000 per student.
Some of the increases that are proposed are:
- 4% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Metro Employees
- MNPS is budgeted to receive $55 Million for employee salaries
- MNPS will receive an additional $100 Million for schools
- WeGo will receive just under $10 Million
- Barnes Fund to receive a little over $8 Million
Lastly, there is a Budget Public Hearing tonight. Residents can come to share their thoughts on the Metro Budget.
To follow along with the Council's work with the budget, you can follow this link, The Citizen's Guide to the Metro Budget.
State District 19 Town Halls
What's Happening tonight:
We do not have a busy calendar this week. There are a few commission elections, a public comment period that requires a previous sign up and several resolutions that will keep the business of Metro moving forward. CM Murphy has a zoning ordinance that has been discussed in length with residents and CMs in this area and I believe we'll see more discussion in the meeting this evening - this may be the largest item on the agenda... BL2023-1829
BL2023-1867 - A bill to be entitled: The Budget Ordinance of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee for Fiscal Year 2024
RS2023-2187 - A resolution urging the Mayor's Office, the Metro Health Department, Metro Homeless Impact Division, and Metro Social Services to evaluate housing pods purchased with COVID-19 Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) grant funds and create an action plan for their use.
RS2023-2214 - A resolution supporting a permanent public art lighting installation in North Nashville and approving an application for a license agreement between the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, acting by and through the Nashville Department of Transportation and Multimodal Infrastructure ("NDOT") and the State of Tennessee ("the State"), acting by and through the Tennessee Department of Transportation ("TDOT"), relating to the use of certain space on Arthur Avenue under the I-40/I-65 bridge for the permanent public art lighting installation ("the Project').
Dates To Remember:
- State District 19 Town Hall w/ Senator Charlane Oliver
- Monday, June 12
- Lee Chapel AME Church | 1200 Dr. DB Todd Jr. Blvd
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