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.
Nashville’s Metro Council could finalize the next city budget on Tuesday night, with each of the competing proposals aiming to raise property taxes to varying degrees. A tax increase of 32% to 34% is possible, arriving at a time of financial hardship for many residents and also for the Metro government.
Nashville’s potential property tax increase is becoming more clear, as the Metro Council’s budget chairman said Monday he’ll pursue a tax increase of nearly 34%, which is slightly higher than the mayor’s earlier draft budget.
Protest and politics. That’s the philosophy of the Equity Alliance, one of the organizers of last weekend’s “I Will Breathe” Rally.
Less money for Nashville police — and more money for education, housing and social services. That was the funding shift requested last night from as many as 200 people who spoke to the Metro Council.
Nashville’s Metro Council will open up the phone lines on Tuesday night so residents can offer quips and critiques about the city budget.
Two more Metro budget proposals were unveiled this week, making for six different ideas as to how much Metro should raise its property tax and how to spend the money.
The Nashville Arts Commission is facing a substantial budget cut, as Metro officials look to dig their way out of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus. The commission is looking at a 37% decrease in funding — or $1,371,700.
Nashville’s government agencies will receive more than $229 million from the federal CARES Act.