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Mayor David Briley Statement on Passage of the FY18-19 Budget

Judith Byrd 615-862-6461, cell 615-761-6694

I thank the Council for their work to pass a budget that funds our city’s operations for the new fiscal year. I know that reaching consensus tonight was hard. The circumstances we faced meant tough choices, but the fundamentals of the city’s finances remain strong, and I am very pleased that this status quo budget does not increase property taxes.

My message has been clear from the start. It is just not the right time to impose a property tax increase on our citizens, particularly the lower-income residents who saw large increases in last year’s reappraisal. In the morning we will roll up our sleeves and work together to move our great city forward.