Financial

Metro FY21 Budget- My Take on the Property Tax Increase

June 18, 2020 /
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Yesterday, Metro Council voted to increase property taxes by $1.06. I have received emails from some constituents who are upset about the raise. I understand the frustration. Nashvillians have been through a lot this year: from the tornado, to COVID-19,  to the loss of jobs, businesses and income, these past few months have tested this community. Therefore, the question that a lot of you must be wondering, if this year has been marked by such…

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Mayor Cooper’s FY 21 Budget-What you need to know!

April 29, 2020 /
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Last night Mayor Cooper presented highlights of the FY21 budget to the Council. While many cities and counties are feeling the impact of the COVID-19  virus, many can tap into their fund balance  (i.e. rainy day funds) to see them through. Unfortunately, Metro has no fund balance.  Below are highlights from the Mayor’s presentation on our current situation and the proposed path forward. Highlights from the Mayor’s Budget Issues Metro Finance was in a bad…

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Tornado and COVID-19 Financial Relief for Individuals and Small Businesses

March 20, 2020 /
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The month of March has been a trying month for our community. From the devastating Tornado of March 3rd to the effects of the COVID-19 virus, Nashville has truly been tested. First, my prayers goes to all the families impacted by both and second my sincerest gratitude to our first responders, health workers, the mayor, my fellow councilmembers and our amazing residents. I am so proud of a community where everyone came together to help…

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Fixing Metro’s Current Year Budget

December 12, 2019 /
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Since the comptroller’s visit and announcement that Metro’s budget would not be approved by the state, there has been an understandable amount of speculation and anxiety regarding the state of Metro’s finances. Many of you may be wondering, “What does this all mean? Will Metro shut down? Will the state takeover? How will Metro balance the budget in such short notice?” These are all valid and fair questions that I’ve attempted to shed light on below. …

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Council Member Trips- Who is Paying?

November 24, 2019 /
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Last week, we talked about budget and the current financial crisis that we are in. An important consideration in these types of times is transparency, especially given our obligation as council members to the public. It is important that the people know that all money spent is catered to improving the needs and services of our constituents. In this spirit, I wanted to comment on the idea of outside trips by council members and how…

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