Nashville mayor considering cuts to police, fire, school budgets if 34 percent property tax hike repealed

If Nashville taxpayers vote to repeal the city’s 34 percent property tax increase in December, Mayor John Cooper said he’s considering dramatic cuts to school and fire department budgets and reducing the Metro Police Department force by one-third.

Responding Monday to the Metro Election Commission’s verification that the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act proposal will appear on a citywide ballot Dec. 5, Cooper outlined how cuts he’s considering would affect essential functions of city government.

“This would cripple our city and gut essential city services,” Cooper said in a statement. “After two natural disasters this year, we don’t need a self-inflicted one.”

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