Nashville, Tennessee

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Nashville, Tennessee
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General information
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Mayor:Karl Dean
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:40
2015 FY Budget:$1.8 billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:634,464
Gender:51.5% Female
Race:White 56.3%
African American 28.4%
Asian 3.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.3%
Two or More 2.5%
Unemployment:5.6%
Median household income:$45,982
High school graduation rate:85.6%
College graduation rate:34.3%
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Nashville is a city located in Davidson County, Tennessee. It is the capital of Tennessee. In 1962, the governments of the city of Nashville and Davidson County merged to form the Nashville-Davidson Metro Government.[1] For the sake of brevity and consistency, this article will use the city of Nashville and city government as shorthand for Nashville-Davidson and the metro government.

As of 2013, the population of Nashville was 634,464.[2]

City government

The city of Nashville utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations.[3] Karl Dean is the current Mayor of Nashville.[4]

City council

The Nashville City Council - more commonly known as the Metro Council - is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[5]

Membership

Nashville's city council has forty-one members. Thirty-five members are elected by one of the city's thirty-five districts, while the vice-mayor and five other members are elected at-large. Each member of city council serves four-year terms. The vice-mayor presides over council meetings.[5] For a full list of council members, see here.

Council committees

The Nashville City Council features features fourteen standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[6]

For a list of Nashville's committees and committee members, see here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Nashville City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[7]

For a full list of Nashville' city boards and commissions, see here.

Elections

2015

See also: Nashville, Tennessee municipal elections, 2015

The city of Nashville, Tennessee will hold elections for mayor and city council in 2015. Information on election dates will be posted once they are made available. All 40 city council seats are up for election.

Budget

Nashville's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $1.8 billion.[8]

Contact information

To contact the mayor's office, see here.

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Davidson County, Tennessee ballot measures

The city of Nashville is in Davidson County. A list of ballot measures in Davidson County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Tennessee

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 609,644.[9] Metropolitan charter (consolidated with Davidson county), authorizes initiative for charter amendments.

Charter amendments: Signature requirement is 10% of the number of the registered voters of Nashville-Davidson County voting in the preceding general election. File completed petitions with the metropolitan clerk. After the county election commission certifies the signatures, the proposal goes to election not less than 80 days from filing. Majority vote passes the the measure.

DocumentIcon.jpg Nashville-Davidson Charter, Art. 19

Lobbying

As of September 2014, up-to-date information on Nashville's federal lobbying related expenses are unavailable.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Tennessee city websites
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Local Taxes Y
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last three years[10]
  • The calendar of meetings and meeting agendas and minutes[11] are available and archived at least three years[12] Additionally, council meetings are available in webcast form.[13]
  • Names of elected officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address is available[14]
  • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address are available, but not for every office listed[15]
  • Permit applications are available for download and zoning ordinances are available[16]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last three years[17]
  • Bids are posted[18] , including approved contracts over $10,000[19]
  • Tax revenues are available[20] and tax rates are published[21]

The bad

  • Some administrative offices are missing some contact information.
  • A list of employed lobbyists and memberships to lobbying organizations and associated fees are not available.
  • A search of public records did not generate contacts, policies, or a central location for the information.
  • Nashville City has little information on how citizens can access public records[22]

See also

External links

References

  1. City of Nashville, "Government," accessed on September 22, 2014
  2. U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on September 22, 2014
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named mayor
  4. City of Nashville, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on September 15, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 City of Nashville, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on September 15, 2014
  6. City of Nashvillle, "Nasvhille City Council Committees, 2013-14," accessed on August 29, 2014
  7. City of Nashville, "Boards, Commissions & Committees," accessed on August 25, 2014
  8. City of Nashville, "2014 Adopted Budget," accessed on September 15, 2014
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named census
  10. City of Nashville, "Budget and archived budgets," accessed on September 22, 2014
  11. City of Nashville, "Council meetings, agendas, and minutes," accessed on September 22, 2014
  12. City of Nashville, "Archived meetings," accessed on September 22, 2014
  13. City of Nashville, "Council videos," accessed on September 22, 2014
  14. City of Nashville, "Elected officials," accessed on September 22, 2014
  15. City of Nashville, "Administrative Officials," accessed on September 22, 2014
  16. City of Nashville, "Permits and zoning," accessed on September 22, 2014
  17. City of Nashville, "Audits," accessed on September 22, 2014
  18. City of Nashville, "Bids," accessed on September 22, 2014
  19. City of Nashville, "Contracts," accessed on September 22, 2014
  20. City of Nashville, "Tax revenue," accessed on September 22, 2014
  21. City of Nashville, "Tax rates," accessed on September 22, 2014
  22. City of Nashville, "Public Records," accessed on September 22, 2014