Council set to approve $11M in supplemental funding

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 2:19pm

The Metro Council is expected to approve $11 million in supplemental appropriations Tuesday night to get a variety of Metro departments and programs through the end of the fiscal year.

The council’s Budget and Finance Committee approved the resolution from Mayor Karl Dean’s administration on Monday.

A number of departments, including the police department, the sheriff’s office and the parks department, are in need of extra funding as a result of the recently enacted retirement incentive program for Metro employees. In an analysis of the appropriations, council attorney Jon Cooper explains that the retirement incentive program is “expected to be budget neutral over time, several departments were unable to recover the costs associated with the incentive” before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

Other departments receiving supplemental funds include the Nashville Farmers’ Market, the Tennessee State Fairgrounds and Metro Nashville Public Schools.

A full list of the appropriations, from Cooper’s agenda analysis, is below:

• $75,000 to the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce for the WorkIT Nashville campaign

• $255,000 to the fire department for maintenance and telecommunications expenses

• $175,000 to general sessions court as a result of the retirement incentive

• $22,600 to the Metro Council office as a result of the retirement incentive

• $642,900 to the parks department as a result of the retirement incentive

• $1,029,400 to the police department to cover the costs of a new recruiting class to begin in May 2013 necessitated by the retirement incentive

• $42,900 to the public defender for fringe benefit costs (reimbursed by the state)

• $63,900 to the district attorney to ensure state- and Metro-funded attorneys receive comparable pay

• $210,000 to the sheriff’s office as a result of the retirement incentive

• $615,700 to the farmers’ market to cover maintenance and operation cost overruns

• $378,300 to the state fair to cover maintenance and operation cost overruns

• $188,000 to the municipal auditorium from its fund balance

• $2,815,700 to Metro Nashville Public Schools, which is described as being for textbook services

• $4,292,400 to the hospital authority for the retirement incentive and loss of state funding

• $67,000 to the community education commission from its fund balance for office expenses

• $181,100 from increased revenues in the state trial court drug enforcement fund to the drug court and community corrections programs