The city is moving the annual event to a virtual format in an effort to follow the social distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help limit the spread of coronavirus in the region.
In previous years, the city’s mayor has used the State of Metro address to outline their budget proposal for the next fiscal year. However, Cooper is expected to delay the release of his budget proposal for fiscal year 2020-21 as he continues to work with city leaders to determine the economic impact of the coronavirus, according to a March 26 memo from Finance Director Kevin Crumbo to council members.
"Right now, there are many unknowns about the economic impact of the pandemic, and it has become prudent to postpone delivery of a budget ordinance for a few weeks,” Crumbo said in the memo. “We are disappointed to postpone since we have been on track for successful completion of an accelerated budget process this year, and we believe the results would have led to an efficient and effective resolution to many of Metro's longstanding financial weaknesses.”
The address, which was originally going to be open to the public at the Metro Nashville Courthouse, will be available for residents to livestream beginning at 10:30 a.m. on www.nashville.gov as well as on Mayor Cooper’s Facebook page, Comcast Channel 3, Google Fiber Channel 3 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.