1. The $1.5 million is a miniscule part of the General Operating Budget. It approximates .0075 percent of the Metro Nashville budget.
2. The Community Oversight Board is an instrument to enhance safety similar to police and fire. The oversight board will receive less than 1 percent of what is allocated to MNPD on annual basis.
3. The $1.5 million budget is similar to what other similar-sized cities fund review boards.
4. The $1.5 million budget is actually a cost-saving measure for several reasons:
a. Unspent funds will be returned back to the Metro Nashville budget and other public safety agencies and departments.
b. The Community Oversight Board will be required to submit quarterly spending reports to the Metro Nashville Council Budget and Finance Committee in its first three years of full operation.
c. Projected out over 10 years, as cost-of-living increases and growth continues to occur, the fixed funding for the oversight board will grow at a much lower rate than funds allocated to other Metro Nashville agencies. While other Metro Nashville agencies are likely to see annual increase in budget appropriations over the next 10-15 years in response to growth, the oversight board is the only agency, commission, board, or department in Metro government that has a fixed budget, and unspent funds will be returned back to the budget.
5. The funds will follow the same appropriation guidelines as similarly-placed agencies, boards, and commissions in Metro Nashville.
6. Salaried employees for the COB (director, assistant director, investigators, language interpreters, legal advisors, trainers, consultants, etc.) will be paid according to civil service guidelines and salary schedules/classifications established/approved by the civil service commission.
7. The Community Oversight Board will have nearly identical funding as MNPD’s Office of Professional Accountability (OPA). Yet, unlike OPA, the COB will have greater responsibilities because of its directive to conduct policy reviews of criminal justice issues across all agencies. Also, there will be more transparency with the oversight board because it will submit quarterly spending reports to Metro Council.