NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro Nashville leaders outlined Monday what the next budget could look like. City officials are asking for an across-the-board reduction in spending.
The request or "exercise" as Metro calls it, has been made before. This time, the cuts may not be as bad.
Monday morning, Metro Finance Director Rich Riebling announced a two-percent reduction for all departments. That means departments like Police, Fire, Public Works, and Parks must all find a way to trim their budgets. The bigger the budget for a department, the bigger the amount of the cuts.
While Metro is doing a lot better financially than in past years, things like employee costs, pensions and retiree healthcare continue to be a yearly budget problem.
"We just want them to look at all the programs they're doing in government and see if there isn't a way to reduce those costs," says Riebling. "It's just an exercise that's important."
The cuts come on the heels of a 53-cent property tax hike just last year.
Metro is still expanding in many ways, adding police precincts, fire halls, parks and libraries. It will be up to every department to figure out where the two-percent cuts will be applied.