Here are a few FACTS about the Community Oversight Board and it’s Budget.
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.
The $1.5 million is a minuscule part of the General Operating Budget. It approximates .0075 percent of the Metro Nashville budget. More so, Amendment 1 will NOT raise taxes. Any claims of a tax increase , or request to raise taxes is false.
The $1.5 million budget is actually a cost-saving measure for several reasons:
Unspent funds will be returned back to the Metro Nashville budget and other public safety agencies and departments.
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.
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.