Metro Council Cuts Funding for Flood Wall, Jail, Police Headquarters
By Tony Gonzalez • Jun 10, 2015
There were cheers when the council voted not to pay for a new police headquarters on Jefferson Street. They won’t pay for a new jail either. And the idea of building a flood wall for downtown Nashville — that failed as well.
“Should all the taxpayers in Nashville have to pay for this flood wall downtown? Or should the people downtown who are going to get the benefit of the flood wall pay for the flood wall?" said councilman Carter Todd. "My other big question is: Will this flood wall actually work?”
Todd tapped into one of the concerns that surfaced repeatedly: location. There were also questions about the impact of each large proposal.
In the end, citizen outcry got the council’s attention. During four hours of debate, council members repeatedly cited a lack of community input into the mayor’s plans. Councilman Duane Dominy said the process was moving too fast, especially for projects with a combined price tag of $225 million.
“I’m not opposed to improving the jail. I’m not opposed to moving the jail," Dominy said. "But we as a body should fully and properly vet when we’re making the largest investment in the public safety of this city.”
The council also approved funding for school renovations, upgrades at fire stations, a new community center in Madison and record-setting funding for new sidewalks.