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At-Large Council Member
Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County
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Tentative schedule for Council budget process
Mayor Cooper and Finance Director Crumbo announced recently that they would like to move Metro’s typical budget process forward one month. Instead of the Council working to pass a budget… Read more »
Metro’s audited financials for FY19
Metro’s audited financials — or Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) — are usually done and posted online in December. I took a few minutes today looking at the CAFR for… Read more »
Body worn cameras — what’s the status?
There is confusion about the status of deploying body worn cameras in Nashville. Samantha Max at WPLN had a good story earlier this week that lays out the history of… Read more »
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Issues Important to Me
To live in a town that’s booming should be an asset to everyone. While many are reaping the benefits of the “It City,” some are being left behind. We need leadership that remembers that many people don’t look at our shiny new city and see opportunity – they see their costs going up.
On the Council, Bob has fought for quality affordable housing and equity measures. Additionally, as Nashville has shepherded major business and development deals, Bob has been the voice in the room that raised concerns about accountability and feasibility. We can count on Bob to continue to fight for a fair and equitable city.
Our city has a responsibility to keep its word, whether that means giving our employees their promised pay raises or being good stewards of public finances. That’s why on the Metro Council, Bob led the charge to honor the cost of living raises for our teachers and government workers. It’s also why Bob has pushed for better fiscal accountability.
A city that is as successful as Nashville should not struggle to meet its obligations. Bob believes we can face these challenges, but only through transparency and honesty – not through backroom deals and broken agreements.
When our city sets its mind on something, we achieve it. We prioritized Downtown, and now no one can deny that our Downtown area is bigger, more beautiful, and better organized. But our city is made up of dozens of other neighborhoods, and it’s past time to put our focus on them.
We are in dire need of infrastructure improvements around the county to better solve our traffic and housing problems. Our growing affordability crisis means we are pushing people to the edges of the county and beyond, but we aren’t investing in transportation infrastructure to get those folks to and from their jobs. Our decision-making should be driven by careful planning and innovative solutions.