Southwest Nashville Edition - May 2020

SOUTHWEST NASHVILLE EDITION

VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2  MAY 23JUNE 20, 2020

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““ “THEWHOLE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE IS A LOT DIFFERENT, BUTWE’RE TRYING TONAVIGATE IT INAWAY

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THISWILL BE THE GREATEST FINANCIAL CHALLENGE THAT THIS CITY, OR ANYOTHERAMERICAN CITY, FOR THAT MATTER, HAS FACED INOUR LIFETIME.” MAYOR JOHN COOPER ON HIS BUDGET

THAT’S HOSPITABLE, WELCOMINGAND FRIENDLY, JUST LIKEWE’VE ALWAYS

PRESENTATION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2020 21 ON APRIL 28

BEEN, BUT IT IS A CHALLENGE.” BRITTANY HARTWELL, OWNER OF MOLLY GREEN

The Mall at Green Hills reopened to the public on May 13 with social distancing guidelines and other safety measures in place. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Mayor John Cooper: Raise property taxes or prepare for ‘mass layos’

Businesses slowly reopen according to Metro guidelines

two weeks after the majority of Tennessee’s 95 counties began a state-guided plan April 27. “It’s important to bear in mind that several unique features of Nashville make our reopening process dierent from other areas across the state, and it’s important to get it right the rst time,” Cooper said May 7. “The number of businesses that operate here and our global tourism industry all make Nashville’s safe reopening critical to the region.” When Cooper announced the plan April 23 without an ocial start date, he said Nashville’s strategy to reopen would be contingent on several factors, including a rate of transmission of less than one, meaning each COVID-19 patient does

BY DYLAN SKYE AYCOCK

After 53 days of being closed down, city ocials allowed restaurants and retail businesses in Nashville to reopen May 11 at half capacity, initi- ating the phased reopening of the state’s largest economic area. The reopening of select businesses at partial capacities is part of the city’s four-part reopening plan, each part of which ocials said relies on the downward trend or attening of new reported cases for 14 days before advancing to the next phase. Nashville’s gradual reopening comes Please join your friends and neighbors in support of Community Impact Newspaper ’s legacy of local, reliable reporting by making a contribution. Any amount matters. Together, we can continue to ensure our citizens stay informed and keep our local businesses thriving. Become a #CommunityPatron

BY DYLAN SKYE AYCOCK

Nashville Mayor John Cooper has rolled out his $2.44 billion scal year 2020-21 operating budget; it includes a 31.7% property tax rate increase and vari- ous cuts, which he said were necessary steps to take in order to avoid mass layos. In his April 28 presentation, Cooper said the pro- posed rate increase will generate $332 million in new CONTINUED ON 18

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