WASTE WATCH: Nashville's Farmers Market Takes a Bite out of Taxpayer dollars--Mikayla Lewis
Updated: Thursday, December 12 2013, 12:18 AM CST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Nashville Farmer's Market is taking a bite out of taxpayer dollars to stay afloat. The market not only lacks a profit, but also a lacked a director for nearly two years.
Metro announced today they filled the position. In January, Tasha Kennard will start her new job as the Nashville Farmer's Market director.
Tasha Kennard said, " A once in a life-time opportunity to for me to be a part of making this a destination for our city."
Kennard will have to face the market's lack of self-sustainability. About $400 ,000 a year is taken out of Davidson county taxpayer's wallets.
Metro Council member, Charlie Tygard said, "Farmers market shouldn't be a drain on Metro taxpayers, it should be a contributing factor to our government."
The profit began to dwindle four years according to Tygard. The previous director left 18 months and Metro General Services filled in as management.
Store and food stand workers at the market are excited Kennard is starting work soon.
Bella Nashville Pizza assistant manager, Chris Jackson says, "It feels like every ones been spread thin around here. It doesn't feel like its been as cohesive. So maybe if we got one person in to rally the troops."
Kennard was one of 339 applicants for the position.
Farmer's Market board member, Joshua Smith said, " She does have an uphill battle. She's coming into a program that is underwater."
Smith is one of five board members. The entire board is made up of voluteers who are also local business owners. Smith says that the losing money increased in the 2010 flood.
Smith adds, " I think with this new director we will be able to put the business part of it back together."
Tasha Kennard added, "Were going to evaluate those opportunities, put together a game plan to achieve things and execute that plan."
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