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How to Use the Citizens' Guide to the Budget

This website gives citizens access to the budget for Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Several features are available to help you find information that is interesting to you.

General Budget Information

The Budget Book

The budget book is presented in PDF format. When you click on a link to the budget book, it may take a few minutes to download the PDF file. Also, when the file opens, there may be a short delay while your computer finds the bookmarked location in the file. Links to the budget book will open in a new window.


If you find a budget word that is not familiar to you, check the glossary. Most of the budget key words are defined here. If you do not find the word in the glossary, send an email to The Office of Management and Budget will get back with you as soon as they can.

Please note: You may need the latest version of Adobe Reader for all features of this site to work properly. If you are using Safari on a Mac, the links to the budget book on the department pages will not function properly unless you use the Adobe Reader plug-in for Safari. Get Adobe Reader

Other Resources

As the budget process continues more information will be available. If you have a budget-related question and cannot find your answer on the web site, please contact the budget staff at Also, we welcome suggestions for improvements. If you have ideas of how we can make this site better, please let us know. We want this site to be useful to you, the citizen.