How Did We Get Here? Nashville’s budget shortfall during historic growth

How Did We Get Here? Nashville’s budget shortfall during historic growth

Nashville is a city visited by 15.2 million tourists who spend $6.5 billion when they come to Nashville. Martin showed the price of one of her books to FOX 17 News. It was $6.99. She compares it to Bridgestone not giving employees the rubber to make the tires. She says she doesn’t feel students are being put first.

Councilman John Cooper agrees. He says the deal on Nashville’s tourism dollars was carefully crafted to make it hard to fix now.

It’s why Cooper is leading a ‘budget scrubbing’ group looking for more solutions to a complicated, legal, web of agreements. Agreements like the Tourism Development Zone map which diverted tax dollars from the Cumberland River to I-440 and all the tourist dollars away from police, fire, public works and teachers and siphon it back here to the Music City Center to fund more tourism.