The Metro Council is now considering the annual budget. With property tax rates at the lowest level ever, sales tax revenues impacted by the COVID lockdown, and past deficit financing come due, everyone seems to agree that the property tax rate must be increased. Yet, there are moral decisions to be made – the Bill Barnes Affordable Housing Fund, more tax relief for seniors and low-income homeowners, adequate funding for public schools, and maintain current levels of employment and services. For actual example, the Barnes Fund could house 750 people for $10 million OR Metro could buy two new police helicopters for $12 million.

Belmont UMC’s Advocacy Team encourages all members to learn the choices, participate in this process and to communicate their priorities with Council members. For further information, visit and