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Yates named Chair of Metro Council Contracts Committee

Tuesday January 17, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Councilman David Yates (D-25) has been named chair of the Metro Council’s Contracts Committee by President Jim King (D-10)

“I am honored for the opportunity to serve as Chair and I want tax payers to know, especially in these tight financial times, we will be very thorough in our review of how contracts are bid,” said Yates.

In his first year on the Council, Yates served as Co-chair of the Contracts and Appointments Committee.

“In that first year, I have seen numerous contracts come before us that I feel could have been bid out for a better return of the tax payers money,” said Yates.

The Contracts Committee reviews all contracts for goods and services used by the Metro Government. The Committee interacts with departments and agencies of government to learn what is being purchased and why it is needed.

“As we begin our work this year, I intend to meet with Mayor Fischer to inform him that this committee will be requiring a more rigorous vetting before I can allow the approval of these expenditures,” said Yates. “As Metro Government faces millions of dollars in shortfalls for this year and next, it becomes the committee’s responsibility to do what the average family is doing right now. Those families are reviewing cost and asking do we need this? When the economy is good or bad, we should all be good stewards of the trust our citizens have placed in us"

The Contracts Committee on the first and third Tuesdays of every month at 4:00pm in Council Chambers.

David Yates (D) 25