132 West Main Street, Gallatin, TN 37066
Mayor: Jo Ann Graves
Population: 30,278 (a 33% growth over the 2000 Census)
Gallatin serves as the county seat for Sumner county.
Form of Government: Full-time Mayor
7-member Council with 2 serving at-large and 5 serving by district
Property Tax Rate: 99-cents per $100 (no tax increase since 2006)
Rainy Day Fund: $4.7 million
The City of Gallatin is located in the heart of the United States – just 25 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee – our state’s capitol and the home of Country Music, Titans football and cutting-edge health care facilities. Gallatin is also within a day’s drive of 75% of the nation and within 500 miles of most major cities east of the Mississippi.
Gallatin sits on both Old Hickory Lake and the Cumberland River which provide lots of opportunities for fishing, boating and other water sports. The City’s Long Hollow Golf Course and Civic Center along with numerous City parks and ball fields attract visitors and tournaments from across the country and North America.
Gallatin is the employment hub for Sumner County – and arguably the northeastern region of the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area. Our major employers include several corporate and regional headquarters including ServPro Industries, Samick Music and The Gap’s largest distribution Center Worldwide. Gallatin is home to Volunteer State Community College, one of the city’s largest employers along with Sumner Regional Medical Center, a LifePoint hospital, which is the county’s largest employer. Gallatin’s new designation as a Foreign Trade Zone encourages international commerce by deferring, reducing or eliminating tariffs on goods shipped to and from companies within the zone boundaries – in a nutshell, it makes companies more competitive.
While we are close to Nashville and big-city amenities, we offer a variety of housing options from estate living and farming to townhome communities and apartments on the historic downtown square. There is rapid bus service from Gallatin to Nashville and the City is planning for more regional mass transit options. The Sumner County Regional Airport sits on the edge of Gallatin and is in the process of expanding its runway to 6,300 feet. Gallatin is rich in history with several historic sites and venues. The City is named after Albert Gallatin who served as Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1801 to 1813. He was instrumental in helping Tennessee gain statehood, but interestingly, there is no record of him ever being in the City that was named for him. He is also called a “First Amendment hero” for championing our fledgling country’s first amendment rights in the late 1700s.
While Gallatin honors its history, it also focuses on the future, the big picture – planning for growth, development and infrastructure. The City’s new waste water treatment plant has nearly tripled capacity of the old facility and will last the city another 30 years. The new bio-solids plant will now turn sludge into a by-product that can be used as fertilizer. The City has four fire halls and a 90-plus person police department. The City owns its own utilities – electric, gas, water and sewer. Gallatin’s Public Works Department services more than 170 miles of streets, offers home trash pick-up and provides for recycling.
The City has more than 370 full-time employees with a total FY 2012 budget of $127.8 million. Gallatin aggressively pursues grants for vital projects including new roads, bike and pedestrian paths, revitalization, preservation and multiple infrastructure projects. In the past five years, Gallatin has been awarded nearly $70 million in grant funding which required the City to share in less than $7 million of the costs with the grants funding more than $60 million in costs.
Again, Gallatin is a city on the move focusing on the big picture and controlling its own destiny. We invite you to visit, bring your family or move your business to our wonderful city.
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