Protestors Want Voices Heard At Budget Hearing

Posted at 8:20 PM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-06 21:26:40-04

As new developments get approval across Nashville, some people have expressed concerns about feeling left out of planning for the future in the "it" city. One group marched on the historic court house hoping to have their voices heard.

They marched from Music City Central to Tuesday night's Metro budget hearing.

"This is the 'it' city, but it's not it if you don't have insurance and you don't have a safety net hospital to go to," said Frank Stevenson, General Hospital Board Member.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has proposed to give General Hospital $35 million, but the safety net hospital said that's just not enough.

"The patients that the hospital sees and the amount of services they provide - they cannot do it for $35 million," said Stevenson.

He said the proposal was $20 million less than what was asked for.

"The biggest piece of what the hospital does is energy care, those that cannot pay. That's a heavy burden on the hospital," said Stevenson.

If the hospital doesn't receive enough funding, Stevenson said it will have to start cutting some of its services - something board members were hoping to avoid.

"The hospital has had a lot of old debt and we've been kicking that can down the street for a long time and it's time to address it," said Stevenson.

Protesters were also hoping to have more funding for public schools

The council was expected to vote on a final budget later this month.