Mayor sets meetings for 2017-2018 Metro budget

Mayor Megan Barry and Metro Finance Director Talia Lomax-O’dneal have released the schedule for upcoming meetings related to the 2017-18 budget.

Mayor Megan Barry

“The budget process provides us with the opportunity to review and rethink what we have been doing well, and how we can do things better for the taxpayers of Davidson County,” said Mayor Megan Barry. “We are asking our departments and agencies to present their plans to improve services and outcomes through strategic and effective investments in Nashville.”

On the week of March 13-17, budget discussions will be held in the Mayor’s Media Room in the Historic Metro Courthouse. This will be an opportunity for department heads request additional funds, or suggest budget reallocations, in key areas aligned with the priorities of Metro Nashville. In a shift from previous budget discussions, Mayor Barry has asked departments to share any capital spending requests as well. As with the previous year, the Mayor has asked all departments and agencies to submit three year proposed budgets in order for Metro to be more strategic in where we invest taxpayer dollars. More information on the FY2018 budget process can be found here: http://budgetprep.nashville.gov/

On the week of March 27 – March 30, Mayor Barry will hold Public Investment Plan (PIP) hearings along with a panel consisting of Finance Director Lomax-O’dneal, Chief Operating Officer Rich Riebeling, Director of Innovation Nancy Shapiro, and Michael Burcham, CEO of Narus Health and founding President of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. Public Investment Plans (PIPs) are an innovative new way of approaching budgeting that has challenged Metro departments and agencies to think creatively about how they can collaborate on citizen-centered pilot initiatives.

The Budget Improvement Discussions will be aired live on Metro Nashville Network and Nashville.gov, while the Public Investment Plans will be livestreamed on Nashville.gov. All will be archived and available on YouTube and shown throughout the following weeks on Metro Nashville Network.

BUDGET IMPROVEMENT DISCUSSIONS

Mayor’s Media Room, Historic Metro Courthouse, 1 Public Square

Monday, March 13, 2017

10:00AM -Trustee

10:15AM – Assessor of Property

10:45AM – Davidson County Clerk

11:00AM – Metro Human Relations Commission

11:15AM – Metro Transit Authority

1:00PM – Metro Planning Department

2:30PM – Metro Public Works

3:15PM – Metro Water Services

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

9:00AM – Beer Board

9:15AM – Historical Commission

9:30AM – Metro Arts Commission

9:45AM – Nashville Public Library

10:15AM – Nashville Community Education Commission

10:30AM – Metro Social Services

11:15AM – Metro Parks Department

12:00PM – Metro Action Commission

1:30PM – Metro Health Department

2:00PM – Municipal Auditorium

2:15PM – Nashville Farmers’ Market

3:00PM – Nashville Sports Authority

3:15PM – The Fairgrounds Nashville

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

NOTE: Due to President Trump’s recently announced visit to Nashville, this schedule may change.

1:00PM – General Sessions Court

1:45PM – Criminal Court Clerk

2:00PM – Juvenile Court

2:30PM – Justice Integration Services

3:00PM – State Trial Courts

3:30PM – Davidson County District Attorney

4:00PM – Davidson County Public Defender

4:30PM – Metro Office of Family Safety

Thursday, March 16, 2017

9:00AM – Metro Nashville Police Department*

9:45AM – Davidson County Sheriff’s Office

10:15AM – Emergency Communications Center

10:45AM – Nashville Fire Department / Office of Emergency Management

11:30AM – Music City Center

11:45AM – Metro Codes Department

Friday, March 17, 2017

8:00AM – Nashville Career Advancement Center

8:30AM – Information Technology Services

9:00AM – Metro General Services

9:30AM – Metro Human Resources

10:15AM – Davidson County Election Commission

10:30AM – Agriculture Extension Service

10:45AM – Hospital Authority

Thursday, April 13, 2017

9:00AM – Metro Nashville Public Schools

PRESENTATIONS OF THE PUBLIC INVESTMENT PLANS

Nashville Entrepreneur Center, 41 Peabody St.

PIP presentations will be held on Monday, March 27 from 8:00AM to 5:00PM; Tuesday, March 28 from 9:30AM to 3:00PM; and Thursday, March 30 from 9:30AM and 3:00PM. A more detailed schedule will be released closer to hearings. More information about PIPs can be found here: http://www.nashville.gov/Finance/Public-Investment-Plans.aspx

All meetings are open to the public. Anyone requesting accommodations due to disabilities should contact Jerry Hall, ADA Coordinator, at (615) 862-8960 or [email protected].