NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean delivered his final State of Metro address Thursday morning.
The address began at 10 a.m. at Nashville Public Library on Church Street, which is the place of Mayor Dean’s first address in 2008.
During the speech, he announced that his proposed operating budget would include operating funds for Metro schools to make all the improvements the district’s leadership has identified, funds for employee compensation so that all Metro employees would receive a 2.5 percent cost-of-living raise, while the city also would provide increment pay for eligible employees; appropriate increases for those not eligible for increment pay; and funds for public safety employees who face salary compression issues.
Mayor Dean also thanked the people of Nashville, Metro Council, Gov. Bill Haslam and former Gov. Phil Bredesen for working with him on key initiatives, including spending capital dollars broadly but wisely in Nashville neighborhoods, embracing new ideas and tackling tough issues.
“I appreciate the citizens of Nashville for giving me this opportunity to serve and lead. The state of our city is very good, and we’ve accomplished a lot together over these past eight years. But we can’t afford to take our eye off the ball and stop hitting those three pitches. This is Nashville’s time, and we have to lean into it and give it everything we have so we can live the future we see: a city on a hill, a city of opportunity,” Mayor Dean said.
Country superstar Dierks Bentley performed at the hour-long event.