Monday, February 19, 2007

Council Returns to Privatizing Public Funds Tomorrow

After a brief interruption (the last two council meetings included approved resolutions for spending on real public infrastructure), Metro Council returns to patronizing local non-profits with property tax proceeds. Here is the latest in my recurring shake run down of where the members intend to send your money in lieu of spending it on public services during Tuesday night's council meeting:
  • $4,000 to the Nashville Film Festival to pay a Community Outreach Coordinator to market this non-profit's festival around Davidson County (Jim Shulman)
  • $5,000 to the Salvation Army to purchase and install an electronic access control system for the Command and Social Services Center on Dickerson Road (Rip Ryman)
  • $6,240 to the Nashville Child Advocacy Center to pay for the cost of therapy for two children for six months (Ryman, Charlie Tygard, Parker Toler)
  • $8,000 to the Nashville Academy Theatre and Nashville Children's Theatre Association to offer affordable tickets to all public schools and free tickets to students from the most disadvantaged public schools in Metro Nashville (Shulman, Toler)
  • $10,000 to the Friends of Radnor Lake to provide three months of park support, publication of the spring newsletter, production of educational panels on information kiosks, and the completion of a water quality study (Lynn Williams)
  • $30,000 to the Oasis Center, Inc to provide intensive training through the Nashville Youth Leadership initiative to 35 high school sophomores as well as youth leadership and civic action training to at least 200 high school students from across the city (Shulman, Eric Cole, Ryman)
  • $41,750 to the Nashville Alliance for Public Education to purchase library books, supplies, furniture, and shelving to further the purposes of the Alliance's mission (Randy Foster, Emily Evans; this allotment comes the closest to funding infrastructure of any of these seven resolutions)

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