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Budget set for vote in Nashville

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Nashville Town Council will hold a public hearing and vote on its fiscal year budget at a special meeting tonight.

The council once considered a 7-cent property tax hike, but relented after residents argued against it. The council settled on a 2-cent increase, which means the town's tax rate will be 58 cents per $100 of value.

The town agreed to the higher tax rate back in February when former Town Manager Hank Raper said the town couldn't offer services at the 56-cent tax rate. However, Raper was ousted earlier this month. The higher tax increase went with him.

The council held several meetings to cut the budget in order to prevent a huge tax increase.

The board met in May, asking each department to look at their budget and find ways to cut their budgets by at least 2 percent. Some council members believed Raper hadn't even passed along the request by the next council workshop. Raper was terminated earlier this month after residents complained about his alleged rudeness.

On Monday, the council will hold a required public hearing, consider fiscal year 2017-18 budget amendments and vote on the fiscal year 2018-19 budget ordinance.

The special-called meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers at 114 W. Church Street, adjacent to the Cooley Library in Nashville.

The council has canceled its agenda meeting scheduled for Wednesday due to lack of agenda items.

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