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Council expected to vote on budget next week

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

You'll hear many around town this weekend saying now is not the time to raise taxes, not when many are still having trouble putting food on the table in this down economy. But, it's looking like that may soon be a reality for people living in Nashville.

Two town hall meetings were held Saturday to talk about Mayor Karl Dean's proposed budget. His budget calls for a 53-cent property tax hike.

An alternative budget was unveiled Friday by Metro Councilman Sean McGuire. That tax hike was in his plan, too, but he is proposing nearly $9 million in cuts to be put in the city's debt reserves.

Metro schools would lose $3.5 million, the police would lose $200,000 which would likely be money set aside for overtime pay. On top of that, the Nashville Farmer's Market, Municipal Auditorium and the state fairgrounds would lose money. The Metro council's travel budget would also be cut by $80,000.

The Metro Council is expected to make a final budget vote Tuesday. We will  bring you the results right here on Channel 4 and on wsmv.com.

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