City Hall is located at 132 West Main Street. Gallatin, TN 37066.
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 and 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
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 turn sludge into a by-product that can be sold and 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 117 miles of streets, offers home trash pick-up and provides for recycling.
The City has more than 370 fulltime employs 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.