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Nashville 2021-22 city budget up for final consideration Tuesday night

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The Nashville City Council scheduled a final vote for Tuesday evening on the Metro budget for the fiscal year that begins July first.

The proposed budget includes $2.6 billion in spending.

As proposed the budget would provide raises for city workers and Metro teachers. It would also send additional dollars to Metro Police and add a number of new positions to city government.

Just over $1 billion is earmarked for Nashville schools. That represents a more than 7 percent increase over current school funding.

The budget’s future is clouded by a tax repeal referendum on the city’s election calendar for late next month. A lawsuit challenging the referendum heads to court next week.

In addition to the budget, council members will also consider a new capital projects plan.

Mayor John Cooper wants to spend $11 billion over the next six years. That spending would be underwritten largely by general obligation bonds.

The majority of the funding would go toward new school construction, current school maintenance, water and sewer projects, and the purchase of additional land for city parks.

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