Nashville’s Council kills mayor’s top projects

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Metro Council has rejected three controversial and expensive municipal projects Mayor Karl Dean had sought to pass before leaving office.

Multiple media outlets report that the council voted separately Tuesday to kill funding for a $100 million downtown flood wall and protection system, a $113 million jail consolidation in southeast Nashville as well as a $23 million police headquarters proposed for north Nashville. The council cited a lack of proper vetting for each project.

At-large councilman Tim Garrett tells The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1B4ZqXm) he prefers to let the next mayor decide whether to pursue the projects. Dean will exit office in September.

In a statement, Dean says he was disappointed by the results of the votes.

The council later approved Dean’s $520 million 2015-16 capital plan, which includes funding for school buildings.

Note: For more, among those multiple media outlets reporting, Tennessean HERE; WPLN HERE.