News & Updates

Views and opinions about the key issues facing Nashville

February 13, 2020
Schedule for Council budget process (as of Feb. 13)

This morning, the Mayor’s office is holding a briefing session for media about the Mayor’s portion of the budget process, which is already underway. The Council’s Budget & Finance Committee… Read more »

February 05, 2020
Soccer standoff

As the standoff between the Mayor and the soccer team persists, I find myself wanting to be in favor of beginning stadium construction immediately. I’m not 100% there, but absent some… Read more »

January 30, 2020
Protect the community benefits agreement

As last year’s city election season turned into fall and now into a new year, the inability to move forward on building the soccer stadium is beginning to take its… Read more »

January 26, 2020
Community Budget Meeting Schedule

This is a follow-up to my earlier post introducing a tentative schedule for this year’s Council budget process. As part of the process, Budget Committee Vice Chair Toombs and I… Read more »

January 17, 2020
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 »

January 04, 2020
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 »

November 27, 2019
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 »

November 26, 2019
MNPS 3% for Jan. 1 — what just happened?

This morning, the Mayor announced that he had identified a mechanism to pay MNPS employees the 3% raise that Mayor Briley promised them would start on January 1, 2020. Before… Read more »

November 25, 2019
Optimism AND reality

I am optimistic about Metro fixing its finance problems. It also is important that we be realistic too. For each of the last two years, I and others in the… Read more »

November 13, 2019
Statement about Comptroller’s presentation today

Today, the Metro Council has heard presentations from Metro Water Services about expected water rate increases and from the Comptroller for the State of Tennessee about the city government’s financial… Read more »

November 03, 2019
Reading list for Nov. 13 Comptroller presentation

The Comptroller for the State of Tennessee will make a presentation to the Metro Council on November 13, 2019, about Metro’s finances. In advance of that, I went back and… Read more »

November 01, 2019
Follow-up on reallocating the Gulch bridge dollars

This is a follow-up on yesterday’s post about Mayor Cooper’s announcement to reallocate $17.95 million of capital spending from the stalled Gulch pedestrian bridge to other infrastructure projects around the… Read more »

October 31, 2019
About reallocated capital spending dollars

(UPDATED: Oct. 31, 2019 at 4:00 PM, updates are underlined) (ALSO SEE THIS FOLLOW-UP NOV. 1 POST) Mayor Cooper announced today that he will reallocate approximately $18 million of capital spending… Read more »

October 29, 2019
Sheriff decides to no longer house ICE detainees

Today, Sheriff Hall announced that Nashville’s jail will no longer house ICE detainees. This is a welcome change. Thank you, Sheriff Hall. Our goal is for every one of Nashville’s… Read more »

October 28, 2019
We’re a month into the new term…

We are headed into the second month of the new Council term. There’s a lot brewing. Today I’ll talk about some of the money and budget issues facing Metro, but… Read more »