Metro Council votes on contested budget plan

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) On Tuesday, Metro Council worked through the night to finalize their budget plan.

Council members will make a choose from four possible budget proposals that include options from Mayor John Cooper, Council Member At-Large Steve Glover, Councilman Freddie O’Connell and Council Member At-Large and Budget Chair Bob Mendes.

Once council members began debating and voting on possible amendments to Mendes’ budget, Vice-Mayor Jim Shulman noted issues with the voting system “iLegislate”.

Votes were then collected via “voice vote”, when discrepancy arose, votes from Metro Concil’s 40 members were collected by a roll call.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday night, members were still voting on amendments to Mendes’ budget.

In total there is at least 27 amendments for Mendes’ budgets that will be voted on, once that is complete Metro Council will hear Glover’s and O’Connell’s respective budgets.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Metro Council could take a final vote Tuesday on Mayor John Cooper’s contested new budget plan, which includes a possible 32% tax increase.

It could be another long meeting for the Metro Council as they work to pass a budget for the next fiscal year and multiple proposals will be reviewed.

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Part of the budget includes raising the Nashville’s property tax.

Mayor Cooper’s proposal is a 32% increase while Budget Chair at large Council Member Bob Mendes’ plan would increase it by 34%.

But Council Member Steve Glover is challenging Mayor Cooper and Mendes, saying he wants to keep property taxes lower and increase the city’s wheel tax instead.

Glover is also proposing the same amount of money for Metro police as Mayor Cooper, but no funding for body worn cameras. The plan also calls for cuts to Metro Parks, Public Works and WeGo public transit.

Mayor Cooper and Mendes’ plans are closely aligned with both wanting to stabilize Metro’s finances. Mendes wants to provide more than $7 million for Metro Nashville Public Schools and $10 million for a pay plan improvement for Metro employees.

“We don’t want to be a city where tax values go down and income goes down, the Detroits of the world suffered from that and then they had to increase their tax rate and got into a terrible spiral. We want sound financial management to preserve what we historically have had in Nashville which is the lowest tax rate,” explained Mayor Cooper.

Two weeks ago, the Council held their longest meeting ever at nearly 11 hours because of an overwhelming amount of calls asking to consider defunding Metro police.

A budget has to be approved by June 30.

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