The meetings will be led by Mendes and District 2 Council Member Kyonzte Toombs, who serve as the budget and finance committee's chair and vice chair, respectively.
"The idea behind these meetings is to give the public an opportunity to see and hear the budget information that the [Metro Nashville Council] has seen and heard over the last 90 days," Mendes said in an announcement on his website. "During that time, the council heard from the Comptroller for the State of Tennessee and Metro Finance Director Crumbo about the size and scope of the city’s budget problems and the types of solutions that are available."
Mayor John Cooper is expected to submit his administration's operating budget for FY 2020-21 no later than March 31, according to a timeline for the budget process. Metro Council has a target date of May 19 to approve the budget.
Cooper announced Jan. 7 his plan to expedite this year's budget process in order to allow time for review by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. In a Nov. 13 presentation to the budget and finance committee, Wilson told city officials to resolve a budget shortfall of $41.5 million identified in the FY 2019-20 budget or risk state intervention.
“During our review of Metro’s current budget, we saw things that—to say the very least—gave us pause,” Wilson said during the meeting.
Wilson approved the city's budget on Dec. 11 after Metro Nashville Finance Director Kevin Crumbo submitted a corrective action plan to the comptroller's office.
For those who are interested in attending one of the six community budget meeting, see the full list of dates and times below.
Northwest Family YMCA
3700 Ashland City Highway, Nashville
Smith Springs Community Center
2801 Smith Springs Road, Nashville
272 Broadmoor Drive, Nashville
Church of Christ in Green Hills
3805 Granny White Pike, Nashville
Nashville Public Library Bellevue Branch
720 Baugh Road, Nashville
Nashville Public Library Hermitage Branch
3700 James Kay Lane, Hermitage