At-Large Councilman, and Budget and Finance Committee chair, Ronnie Steine has filed his substitute to Mayor Karl Dean's proposed budget. It makes $679,000 in changes, which do not include the additional pay raises police and fire fighters were calling for. Steine offered some details in a release:
1) Add a Planning Department position and and fund Council-initiated zoning projects ($125,000)
2) Add funding to the Election Commission budget to fund 10 early voting sites for the August election (one site for 14 days and nine sites for 7 days) ($252,000)
3) Create a new Neighborhood Microfunding Arts Program and add funds to the Art Grants fund ($145,000)
4) Add funds to Juvenile Court to match federal funding for Child Support Program ($41,000)
5) Add funding to Social Services for transportation and meal services ($35,000)
6) Add back a transferred position to the Metropolitan Clerk's office ($51,000)
7) Provide funding to In Full Motion, a 501(c)(3) organization for youth development ($30,000)
In addition, Steine's substitute will designate $6.8 million in proceeds from city property sales to the Debt Service Fund.
Added to what the mayor has already proposed, Steine calls it "one of the most youth, family and neighborhood friendly funding plans in Nashville history" but says his "main regret is that we are not able to enhance the Mayor's pay plan proposal." Last week, Steine told committee members he was looking for the money to pay for a full 3 percent raise for Metro workers, which would have added $9 million to the budget.