Reported By Cara Kumari
Finance Director Richard Riebeling presented Mayor Dean's proposed 2011-2012 budget for the Metro Government on Friday.
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While departments will be working with less money, Riebeling said Nashville residents won't notice most of the cuts.
"I think they are going to notice next to nothing," said Riebeling. "No hours are being reduced at facilities; I think we are improving services in some areas."
During the mayor's annual State of Metro Address, he announced there would be no increase in property taxes this fiscal year and he would work to give Metro employees a 1.5 percent bonus. The Metro Police Department, parks, libraries and transit services will also get a funding increase.
Dean proudly proclaimed that school enrollment is up and schools will be funded $37.5 million more this year than last.
Riebeling said no decisions have been made on how to fund a possible 1.6 percent salary increase for teachers. Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed the increase in the state budget, but the city would have to cover about $4 million.
During Friday's budget presentation, Metro Councilwoman Emily Evans expressed concerns about rising costs and high debt payments in the future. She questioned whether or not the county would be able to cover those costs without deep cuts or a property tax increase.