Nashville, Tenn. – Mayor John Cooper today announced plans to make Nashville’s teachers the state’s highest-paid, triple the city’s dollars for affordable housing and build up Metro’s transportation capacity.
The mayor called for investments in the Metro employees who served the city through a year of crisis and pledged to implement every-other-week recycling at his State of Metro address, delivered at the Music City Center in a nod to Nashville’s rebound.
“Last year’s budget was a crisis budget. This year’s budget is an investment budget,” Mayor Cooper said. “Nashville is on the rise. A city on the rise must rise to the occasion. And, for a city to really work, it must work for everyone – and every neighborhood.”
The mayor proposed $81 million for Metro Schools, marking Nashville’s largest operating investment in education. “Throughout my career at Metro Schools, I’ve never seen such a strong commitment and support from a Mayor for our public schools and the teaching profession,” said Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle.
Other highlights included:
- Metro’s largest employee pay plan, with $30.4 million investment
- $37.5 million investment in affordable housing
- Infrastructure improvements in North Nashville
The mayor remained upbeat as he delivered his address to a city still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s tornadoes, and the Christmas Day bombing. “It’s a new day in Nashville,” Mayor Cooper said. “We’ve weathered the storm. And we have a new opportunity to rise, together.”
The mayor will submit his operating budget plan for Fiscal Year 2022 on Friday, April 30. It goes before Metro Council for consideration and approval.
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