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Sheriff sounds off about budget cuts

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The budget battle in Metro Nashville will likely end this week as city leaders finalize next year's budget, and the likely property tax increase to pay for it.

There's one high-ranking elected leader who's not happy with Mayor Karl Dean's budget plan - Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall.

Hall is hosting several hundred of his counterparts from across the country at the annual National Sheriff's Association Conference at Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

One word stood out in our conversation with Hall - disappointed. He used it again and again to describe his reaction to the mayor's budget plan.

Despite the tax increase proposal, the sheriff's office is facing a funding cut for the sixth year in a row.

"It's just a shame when you're seeing the taxes raised this high and we're not seeing some revenue coming to the sheriff's office to help us do our job, and save those people their positions," said Hall.

The Metro Council's Budget and Finance Committee meets today at 4 p.m. to go over Dean's budget and the proposed 53-cent property tax increase. Members will also look at an alternative plan from Councilman Sean McGuire, and perhaps other plans submitted this morning.

McGuire's plan includes the 53-cent tax increase, but it calls for nearly $9 million in cuts and puts the extra revenue into the city's reserve account.

All of this work is building toward a final vote on the budget at Tuesday's council meeting.

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