Of the original $1.95 million that Metro Council approved for itself last summer, they spent $1,870,954. Of the amount actually spent, not much went to public infrastructure:
- Total spent on private non-profits: $1,489,735 (79.6%)
- Total spent on actual public infrastructure and/or services: $381,219 (20.4%)
Some council members will object that the $226,567 that went to the Nashville Alliance for Public Education should not really count on the non-profit side of the ledger, because the Metro Charter does not allow them to send discretionary funds directly to the Board of Education for funding school infrastructure. That's fine. I'll accept the validity of their claim.
However, they should likewise explain to us how two-thirds of all discretionary funds ended up going to to private non-profits. Placing those Alliance funds on the public side of the ledger may legally pay for some library books, but it still leaves council earmarking less than one-third of all infrastructure funds for actual infrastructure.
This council has zero credibility on criticizing the Mayor's management of money when they cannot even manage their own discretionary funds for anything else than a private money grab for charitable organizations who are connected to particular council members.