Monday, December 10, 2007

Open Govt in Nashville takes another hit

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Last week the Metro Council repealed a relatively new city ordinance that was meant to hold non-profit organizations accountable for how they use city money. Groups that received city funding had to hold open board meetings or issue a quarterly financial statement.

Metro Arts Commission director Norree Boyd recommended the Metro Council go back to the way things were. She says when the ordinance passed, most council members didn't realize the Arts Commission already combed a group's financial information before making a grant.

"The thing is that we probably grant to more non-profits than anyone else and we already require that. It was redundant."

But the Arts Commission doesn't make all the Metro grants. The city gives money to organizations ranging from the Nashville Zoo to the Chamber of Commerce.