Metro Nashville council members to host virtual community budget meeting March 26

Metro Nashville officials will host a live Q&A session on the fiscal year 2020-21 budget March 26. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Metro Nashville officials will host a live Q&A session on the fiscal year 2020-21 budget March 26. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Metro Nashville officials will host a live Q&A session on the fiscal year 2020-21 budget March 26. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Metro Nashville officials will host a virtual information session March 26 to discuss the upcoming budget season for fiscal year 2020-21. The live broadcast begins at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be led by At-Large Council Member Bob Mendes and District 2 Council Member Kyonzte Toombs, who serve as the budget and finance committee's chair and vice chair, respectively. Mendes and Toombs hosted five community meetings in February and March.


"The idea behind these meetings is to give the public an opportunity to see and hear the budget information that [council] has seen and heard over the last 90 days," Mendes said in a statement in February. "During that time, the council heard from the Comptroller for the State of Tennessee and Metro Finance Director [Kevin] Crumbo about the size and scope of the city’s budget problems and the types of solutions that are available."

Mayor John Cooper announced Jan. 7 his plan to expedite this year's budget process in order to allow time for review by Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson before the end of the fiscal year June 30. Cooper is scheduled to give his State of Metro address at 10:30 a.m. March 31, although it is not clear whether the FY 2020-21 budget will be presented at that time.

The budget information session will be available for residents to livestream at www.facebook.com/metronashvilletetwork as well as on Comcast channel 3, Google Fiber channel 3, AT&T U-Verse channel 99 and on www.nashville.gov.