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Mayor Barry Releases $475 Million Spending Plan

Posted at 5:16 PM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 18:16:38-04

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry released a $475 million spending plan to the Metro Council which focused on Metro Nashville Public Schools, transportation and public safety. 

She released the spending plan Monday, which will be funded through general obligation bonds.

The money was distributed to several different projects and city organizations. Below is a breakdown of Barry's proposal.

$150 million in capital spending for Metro Nashville Public Schools:

  • $105 million for building projects
  • $45 million for district-wide projects (The largest capital request for new projects for MNPS in recent memory) 
    • Projects include: $40 million for renovations and additions at Hillsboro High School
    • $20.75 million for renovations to McMurray Middle School
    • $8.1 million to renovate Pennington Elementary
    • $6.9 million for additional classrooms at Antioch High School
    • $2.75 million for East Nashville Magnet School bleachers and concession stands
    • $2.2 million for Glencliff High School track and concessions.

Nearly $120 million for transit and transportation infrastructure:

  • $35 million for street paving
  • $30 million for sidewalks
  • $24.5 million for roads and bridges
  • $20 million for MTA to fund bus replacements and an electronic fare system
  • $10 million for traffic signalization improvements

$82 million capital investment for public safety and criminal justice:

  • $28 million for the Police Administrative Headquarters at Murfreesboro Pike
  • $20 million to complete the CJC reconstruction downtown
  • $20 million to fund administrative offices for the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office at a location to be determined following community input
  • $10 million for new fire halls
  • $3 million for renovations at the Justice A.A. Birch Building
  • $1 million for the Juvenile Justice Center Master plan

$12 million to renovate/upgrade Nashville Fairgrounds facilities

The renovations, which will have to be approved by the Board of Fair Commissioners and the Metro Council, will be based on the recommendations of a review team led by S. Keith Hargrove, Dean of the College of Engineering at Tennessee State University, and Larry Atema, president and CEO of Commonwealth Development Group.

$38 million for Metro Parks

  • $7 million for the new Smith Springs Community Center
  • $5 million for the Centennial Park master plan, renovations and improvements
  • $5 million for Greenways
  • $6 million for new soccer fields, half of which is being proposed to create soccer fields on underutilized land at the Fairgrounds.

Additional expenditures included $6 million for a new Nashville Public Library branch in Donelson, $7 million for MDHA for infrastructure improvements around housing facilities, $5 million for equipment and upgrades at General Hospital, and $15 million for major fleet operations in General Services.

Projects in the Capital Spending Plan were represented in the Capital Improvements Budget, a 7-year planning document representing desired investments in infrastructure by the Mayor’s Office, Metro Council, and departments and agencies within Metro.