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You know what would make the Metro Council cheaper? If it had fewer than 40 members:

Trimming the size of the 40-member Metro Council – a long-standing debate that has never gained traction – could get another look as part of a proposed study to review the compensation of Davidson County elected officials five decades after Metro’s founding.

Councilwoman Emily Evans is the lead sponsor of a placeholder ordinance that calls for a comprehensive examination of “cost drivers” related to Metro’s political structure: the salaries of the mayor, vice mayor and council members; health benefits for elected officials; whether serving on the council should be a part-time or full-time job; term limits; and the size of the council, a body comprised of 35 district and five at-large seats.

In terms of size, Metro Nashville’s council ranks behind only New York and Chicago, both considerably larger cities, a quirk routinely noted by those who watch its proceedings, especially out-of-town visitors.

“Have you ever met anybody who thought we had too few?” Evans said. “I think that the consensus generally supports some reduction in the size of council.”