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Substitute Bill BL2018-1184 (as amended)

A bill to be entitled: The Budget Ordinance of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee for Fiscal Year 2019.

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, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019 (hereinafter referred to as Fiscal Year 2019 and FY2019).

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.

The Director of Finance is hereby authorized to allocate all initial revenues received from any sale of parking asset concessions to the general services district debt services fund for reimbursement of principal principle and interest related to costs for traffic and parking capital improvements.

The Director of Finance is hereby authorized to allocate all revenues received from any sale of the Metro Nashville Public Schools property located at 336 Woodycrest Avenue (entrance from 501 Interstate Boulevard, South) to the general services district schools general fund.

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 her discretion.

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 2019 any unencumbered and unexpended funds at June 30, 2018 for General Government Administration, Employee Benefits and Contingency; Community Support; and Reserve appropriations.

The Director of Finance is hereby authorized to carry forward and allocate in FY 2019 any unencumbered and unexpended funds at June 30, 2018 for appropriations made from benefit trust fund accounts.

For the purpose of providing funds in anticipation of various grants, 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.

There is hereby established a Blue Ribbon Commission to identify government inefficiencies, practices, transfer payments, third party payments and subsidies with the targeted goal of achieving budgetary cost savings of $20 million in annual savings. The Commission would make recommendations subject to approval by the Metropolitan Council. The Commission would consist of five (5) members appointed by the mayor, and confirmed by the Council, each with a relevant area of expertise, such as benefits, contracting, insurance, accounting, asset management and general management. The Commission’s work should be completed before the start of Fiscal Year 2020. Authorization of the Commission would be completed prior to September 30, 2018. Any savings identified and approved by the Council prior to the end of the 2019 fiscal year would be made available for employee cost-of-living pay adjustments and for Metropolitan Nashville Affordable Housing initiatives, either the Barnes Fund for Affordable Housing or the Housing Incentive Program, as determined by the Council.

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 $46,112,100 is to be provided to the Hospital Authority, all of which is provided as part of this Fiscal Year 2019 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, 2018 and showing each projected month through June 30, 2019,
(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;
e. the chair of the Nashville General Hospital Strategic Planning Committee (established by Substitute Resolution No. RS2018-1032); and
f. 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.n 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 flood recovery efforts during the fiscal year, the Director of Finance is hereby authorized to provide funding approval to proceed with flood 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: all such reimbursements from federal and/or state grants are submitted to the Metropolitan Council for ratification at the time the funds are awarded.

The Director of Finance is hereby authorized to carry forward and allocate remaining funds at June 30, 2018 and funds received during FY 2019 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.

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 $14 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 364 days after the closing thereof. 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 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)

Tanaka Vercher

Related Documents

Legislative History

IntroducedMay 15, 2018

Passed First ReadingMay 15, 2018

Referred toBudget and Finance Committee - 06/04/2018

Public Hearing Scheduled forJune 5, 2018

Passed Second ReadingJune 5, 2018

Re-referred toBudget and Finance Committee 06/18/2018

Substitute IntroducedJune 19, 2018 - Roll Call Vote

Passed Third ReadingJune 19, 2018 - Roll Call Vote

ApprovedJune 20, 2018

ByMayor Briley's signature

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Last Modified: 10/03/2018 3:33 PM