As the city approaches its annual budget talks, the city’s leading arts funding agency is asking for more than their usual allotment.
Mayor John Cooper released a new spending plan for city infrastructure today that puts the bulk of new funds toward schools. Of his $474.6 million plan, Cooper says a record $191 million will fund improvements to 45 school buildings and the construction of three new schools.
The COVID-19 pandemic has slashed Nashville’s bus ridership in half — down 53% decline compared to pre-COVID times.
A 34% property tax increase is coming as many Nashvillians are already reeling from the pandemic, causing many to rethink their finances.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper enters office with a strong mandate from the city’s voters. Nearly 70% backed him and the ideas he championed, which were numerous and detailed: He proudly handed out 46-page policy platform booklets while campaigning.
The majority of Nashville’s libraries would have to close if a special referendum succeeds in rolling back Metro’s recent 34% property tax increase. That’s the fear being shared by Nashville Public Library Director Kent Oliver. Just two or three of Nashville’s 21 libraries would be able to stay open — likely the main downtown library and two large regional branches.
Nashville voters could end up seeing two Metro Charter amendments on a special ballot in December, with major implications for the power of the city council.
In February, Bordeaux Councilmember Kyontzè Toombs listened to North Nashville residents share their concerns about looming property tax increase. Now she will run the committee that’s in charge of the city’s budget.
Calls to “defund the police” have become ubiquitous in recent weeks. But the phrase means different things for different people — from reducing spending on law enforcement to completely abolishing the police department.
Nashville residents will pay dramatically higher property taxes in the coming year after the Metro Council approved a rate increase of about 34% early Wednesday morning.