Monday, June 22, 2015

$250M sliced from Mayor Dean’s capital budget at Metro Council

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nearly $250 million was sliced from Mayor Karl Dean’s capital budget in Tuesday night’s Metro Council meeting.
First the council voted to remove the $100 million flood protection plan aimed to protect Nashville from catastrophic event like the flood of May 2010.
Council members then voted to remove $113 million to relocate the main Metro jail from downtown to consolidate it with other Davidson County Sheriff’s Office facilities in southeast Nashville.
Instead, the council voted 36-0 to renovate the current jail downtown.
And lastly, plans to relocate the Metro police headquarters to Jefferson Street in north Nashville also lost $23 million in proposed funding.
All three projects have faced various levels of support and opposition after being proposed by the mayor earlier this spring.
Mayor Karl Dean released a statement following the votes saying he was “obviously” disappointed.
“Each of these proposals would have funded important public safety infrastructure that the city shouldn’t put off. I hope these projects will be taken up by the next administration and Council because these issues aren’t going away,” Mayor Dean continued.

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