Nashville residents can make virtual or in-person public comments on Mayor John Cooper's proposed fiscal year 2020-21 operating budget at the Metro Nashville Council meeting June 2, Vice Mayor Jim Shulman announced May 27.

While most council members will participate virtually, some members will attend the meeting with social distancing measures in place at the Metro Courthouse, 1 Public Square, Nashville, according to a news release. For those who wish to address council in person, the podium will be disinfected after each speaker.

To submit public comments on the budget, residents can do the following.

  • Call 629-255-1931 during the June 2 meeting when the public hearing is open for the FY 2020-21 operating budget, also called BL2020-286.

  • To address council in-person, individuals must email their first and last name and address to [email protected] by noon June 1.

Residents are being advised to follow the same procedures to make public comments on an ordinance adopting the 2020-21 through 2025-26 Capital Improvements Budget.

On April 28, Cooper released his proposed $2.44 billion FY 2020-21 operating budget that includes a 31.7% property tax rate increase. View the mayor's full budget proposal on the city's website.

Council members will either approve the mayor’s budget proposal or approve a substitute budget with or without a property tax increase by the end of June, according to the budget schedule released in late April by the Nashville Budget and Finance Committee.

The June 2 meeting will be available for residents to watch via livestream beginning at 6:30 p.m. on as well as on Comcast Channel 3, Google Fiber Channel 3 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.