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Mayor submits $300M spending plan for Nashville

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has officially submitted his capital spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

Dean wants to spend nearly $300 million on buildings and infrastructure. That would mean upgrades to parks, a new library, new greenways and paving projects all around the city.

Nearly $100 million will go to Metro Nashville public schools for addition, expansion and renovation.

About a fifth of the capital budget will go to public works for the construction and repair of roads and sidewalks, and Metro Parks will receive $34 million under the mayor's plan.

Other highlights of the plan include:

  • About $38 million for public transit
  • $12 million for the Nashville Fire Department
  • $10 million for Metro Police

On Thursday, Dean toured some of the sidewalk and paving plans that the public works money would address. He talked about how important some of the upgrades are to making Nashville a better place to live.

"We're talking about investing in the basic infrastructure that people use every day and the type of infrastructure that allows people to have more productive lives and to move about safely," Dean said.

To pay for the $300 million capital spending plan and the $1.7 billion budget for next year, Dean is asking for a 53-cent property tax increase.

The increase, budget and capital spending plan all have to be approved by the Metro Council, which should occur in the next few weeks.

The first public hearing on Dean's proposed property tax increase is set for the council's meeting on June 5.

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