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Substitute Bill BL2020-286 (as amended)

A bill to be entitled: The Budget Ordinance of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee for Fiscal Year 2021.

WHEREAS, Article 6 of the Metropolitan Charter provides for the preparation of the Annual Operating Budget of the Metropolitan Government and for its submission to the Council by the Mayor not later than May 1 of each year.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON
COUNTY:

ARTICLE I
The amounts hereafter set out in Section I and Section II shall constitute the estimated revenues and applicable prorating provisions for property taxes, and the Operating Budget for The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, and the said sums specified herein are hereby appropriated for the purpose of meeting the expenses for the General Services District (GSD) and the Urban Services District (USD), respectively, for the various departments, institutions, offices, and agencies of the Metropolitan Government, and for meeting the payments of principal and interest on the Metropolitan Government debt maturing during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021 (hereinafter referred to as Fiscal Year 2021 and FY2021).

The informational summary sheets immediately following are summaries of the detailed estimated revenue sources and budget appropriations by funds for purposes and in amounts numerically itemized by departmental accounts in subsequent schedules of Section I and Section II.

In order to facilitate proper grant accounting, the Director of Finance is hereby authorized to transfer grant-related appropriations and estimated revenues from the general funds to existing or new grant-related special revenue funds at his discretion.

For the purpose of maintaining authorized position counts in Metro’s enterprise business system, the Director of Finance is hereby authorized to adjust budgeted positions and full-time equivalents of the various departments and agencies of the Metropolitan Government so as not to exceed authorized budget allocations established in this ordinance.

The Director of Finance is hereby authorized to transfer funds as necessary to implement the Guaranteed Pension Plan program previously approved by the Metropolitan Council.

The Director of Finance is hereby authorized to carry forward and allocate in FY 2021 any unencumbered and unexpended funds at June 30, 2020 for General Government Administration, Employee Benefits and Contingency,
Economic Development, and Community Support.

The Director of Finance is hereby authorized to carry forward and allocate in FY 2021 any unencumbered and unexpended funds at June 30, 2020 for appropriations made from benefit trust fund accounts.

The Director of Finance is hereby authorized to adjust the interest earnings of each account in the Metro Investment Pool to recover a pro-rata share of the costs of the Treasurer’s investment and cash management programs.

For the purpose of providing funds in anticipation of various grant and other revenues, the Director of Finance is hereby authorized to enter into interfund loans between funds of the Metropolitan Government and between the Metropolitan Government and related but separate legal entities that are included in the Metropolitan Government’s reporting entity, as may be permitted under the laws of the State of Tennessee.

The Director of Finance is hereby authorized to allocate and transfer budget appropriations for Nashville Career Advancement Center (NCAC) Local Match, Summer Youth Program, and NCAC Nashville Construction Readiness to the Metropolitan Action Commission for the purpose of consolidating operations.

Pursuant to Section 4 of Substitute Ordinance No. BL2018-1314, as amended, the Blue Ribbon Commission is hereby reauthorized for FY 2021.

Nashville General Hospital (NGH) serves as a safety net facility for the provision of acute medical care services to residents of Davidson County, Tennessee. NGH requires additional resources to expand health care services to the indigent, uninsured and Medicaid/TennCare patients in Davidson County; otherwise such services would be unavailable. An appropriation of $43,112,100 is to be provided to the Hospital Authority, all of which is provided as part of this Fiscal Year 2021 operating budget with the following appropriation established for safety net expansion purposes:
$6,500,000. This safety net expansion appropriation shall be in the form of an intergovernmental transfer to the State of Tennessee as a match to secure federal funding. Such federal funding requires the approval of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). If CMS fails to approve the $6,500,000 as a federal funding match, then the $6,500,000 appropriation will be paid directly to the Hospital Authority. The Mayor is authorized to execute any and all documents necessary to complete the above-referenced transaction with the Federal and State governments.

As an express condition of the receipt of the Hospital Authority appropriation set forth herein, within 15 days of the end of each month, the Hospital Authority shall provide electronic copies of the following:

(a) the most recent month end budget to actual income statement;
(b) the most recent cash flow statement showing each actual month beginning July 1, 2020 and showing each
projected month through June 30, 2021,
(c) the most recent month’s balance sheet,
(d) the most recent bank statements or other documentation from all Hospital Authority banks showing detailed
deposit and withdrawal transactions,
(e) aging reports with explanations for any amounts in dispute for accounts receivable, accounts payable and any
recorded or unrecorded liabilities not included in accounts payable, including a comprehensive summary of each unpaid
amount billed by Meharry Medical College,
(f) the previous month’s copies of the balance sheet,
(g) the monthly actual and projected cash flow,
(h) patient outcome documentation;
(i) co-pays and deductibles collected at time of service upon intake; and
(j) Nashville General Hospital department audits.

These records shall be submitted to the following:

a. the Metropolitan Director of Finance;
b. the Vice Mayor of the Metropolitan Council and/or president pro tempore;
c. the chair of the Metropolitan Council Budget & Finance Committee;
d. the chair of the Metropolitan Council Health, Hospitals, and Social Services Committee; and
e. each member of the Metropolitan Council.

In the event adjustments are needed for internal service fund budgets by the Metro Council, the Director of Finance is authorized to adjust the affected operating budgets of internal service funds, special revenue funds, enterprise funds, and departmental operating budget accounts. The Director of Finance is authorized to adjust internal service fund budgets for purposes of incorporating pay plan adjustments as authorized by the Metro Council.

For purposes of expediting tornado and COVID-19 recovery efforts during the fiscal year, the Director of Finance is hereby authorized to provide funding approval to proceed with tornado and COVID-19 related projects where reimbursement for said projects is expected from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds, insurance proceeds and/or other identified funding sources, conditioned on the following: (1) all such reimbursements from federal and/or state grants are submitted to the Metropolitan Council for ratification at the time the funds are awarded;
and (2) the Director of Finance provides the Metropolitan Council with a monthly report detailing the expenditures and the amount of reimbursement funding received.

There is hereby established a COVID-19 Financial oversight Committee ("the Committee"). The Committee shall be comprised of nine members. Six members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Mayor, which are not subject to confirmation by the Council. The remaining three members shall be Members of the Metropolitan Council appointed by the Vice Mayor. The Committee members shall be appointed not later than June 26, 2020. The purpose of the Committee is to collect, consider, and recommend appropriate uses of all federal and state funds provided to the Metropolitan Government specifically for COVID-19 relief and recovery, including but not limited to, federal CARES Act funds. The Committee shall submit its initial recommendations to the Mayor, the Director of Finance, and the Metropolitan Council not later than August 3, 2020, and its final recommendation not later than November 15, 2020.

Not later than noon on August 15, 2020, the Director of Finance shall provide the Metropolitan Council with an updated estimate of revenues, classified by source, to be received by the Metropolitan Government during FY2021.

The Director of Finance shall provide the Metropolitan Council with a written report not later than July 31, 2020 regarding the feasibility of modernizing the Metropolitan Government's metered and on-street parking program, and
about a sale of the District Energy System.

The Director of Finance is hereby authorized to carry forward and allocate remaining funds at June 30, 2020 and funds received during FY 2021 from Hotel Occupancy Tax Funds (30047 Hotel Occupancy 2007 1% Secondary TDZ Fund) enacted pursuant to Ordinance BL2010-727, as amended by BL2017-589, for the purpose of reimbursing expenses related to flood mitigation and the repair and renovation of the Grand Ole Opry House due to damages directly caused by the May 2010 flood.

The Director of Finance is hereby authorized to increase the allocation for the tourist promotion budget from Hotel Motel Occupancy Tax Funds (30044 Hotel Tourist Promotion) for the purpose of recognizing any revenue received in excess of budgeted revenues to support the direct promotion of tourism in accordance with TCA Title 7, Chapter 4.

For the purpose of obtaining adequate funds for its continued operation while awaiting the receipt of funds from federal grants, MTA is hereby authorized to borrow funds in a principal amount not to exceed $20 million dollars at a rate of interest and such other terms to be determined at the discretion of MTA in accordance with its policies and procedures, (the evidence of such borrowing referred to as the “Note”). The Note shall mature not later than June 30, 2021. The principal of and interest on the amount of the Note may be secured by the pledge of the MTA’s business assets, including accounts, accounts receivable, contract rights, inventory, furniture, fixtures, equipment, general intangibles, and personal property of all and every kind, wherever located and whether now existing or hereinafter acquired. MTA may take such other steps as are necessary to effectuate the Note and the purposes of this Resolution. The debt secured by the Note shall not pledge the credit of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and shall be "without recourse" such that the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County is not obligated with respect to the debt or the Note.

Sponsor(s)

Bob Mendes

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Legislative History

Adopted and Passed Third ReadingJune 16, 2020

ApprovedJune 17, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 06/29/2020 4:57 PM