Mayor Karl Dean provided specifics Thursday on his proposed $297.7 million capital-spending plan, which he plans to officially file in the form of a bond resolution on Friday.
“This plan takes care of the basics of the city, such as renovating and expanding our schools, repairing roads and building sidewalks, and improving our fire halls and police infrastructure,” Dean said in a statement.
The Metro Council will consider the capital plan –– along with a proposed 53-cent property tax increase and a $1.71 billion operating budget –– in June.
Approximately $97 million, one-third of the capital-spending plan, would go to Metro schools to address additions and expansions at existing school buildings.
Another $62 million would go to the Metro Public Works Department, with an emphasis on long-neglected infrastructure needs, including street and sidewalk projects. The Metro Parks and Recreation Department would receive $34 million.
Dean announced what would be one of Nashville’s most robust infrastructure spending plans in years at a media event on Baptist World Center Drive in northeast Davidson County.
There, as part of the capital plan, the mayor has proposed a sidewalk project to connect a neighborhood to Haynes Middle School, American Baptist College, retail areas, bus stops and various transit routes.
According to the Mayor’s Office, the capital plan would address the following: