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Metro Council approves FY2008 budget for Metro Louisville

Thursday June 28, 2007

Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt:574-4137/526-3622
Stephen Haag: 574-1204/ 645-1752
For Immediate Release:

By a vote of 24-2, the Metro Council gave final passage to Louisville Metro’s FY 2008 Operating Budget. In a vote of 26 to 0, the Council also approved a Capital Budget for the next fiscal year. The vote allocates more than $810 million in local and pass-through funds for use in the delivery of Metro Services starting July 1, 2007 and ending June 30, 2008.

“I want to commend the strong leadership from Councilwoman Madonna Flood in leading the budget process,” said Council President Rick Blackwell (D) 12. “The Council approved a fiscally responsible budget for Metro Government. We must be fiscally responsible ourselves. I appreciate my colleagues who supported the recommendation to move the council forward with a non partisan staff. I hope that we can continue the discussion on behalf of the taxpayers.”

After the Mayor presented the budgets on May 31, the Council’s Budget Committee began hearings on June 6.

“I want to thank committee members for their dedicated approach to this year’s hearings,” said Budget Chair Madonna Flood (D) 24. “We were faced with financial challenges and it is always difficult to decide what services and programs will receive funding. In the end, public safety and maintaining and improving our existing facilities, the zoo, parks and roads were the major recipients.”

“The amendments passed tonight represent the focus this council has placed on improving safety and our quality of life” said Vice Chair Hal Heiner (R) 19. “With nearly $2 million dollars in funding added for programs such as traffic light synchronization, road improvements and sidewalks – this council is putting an emphasis on making our roads safer and more environmentally friendly for the many generations that will follow.”

Budget Highlights:

$3,500,000 Glacier Run – Louisville Zoo

$1,000,000 Traffic Signal Synchronization

$1,227,000 Improvements to existing Parks and various Master Plans for Implementation

$450,000 for Tennis Courts & Ball fields

$250,000 for Bike and Pedestrian Improvements at U of L

$380,000 for Seneca Park Loop

$200,000 for safety improvements to Suburban Roads

$180,000 for safety improvements to Brownsboro Road (between Country Lane and Chippewa Road)

$200,000 for improvements to Sun Valley Center

$250,000 for bicycle corridor along River Road

$200,000 for Park Hill Renovation part of a $1.4 million project

$520,000 for various sidewalk improvements

$150,000 to improve downtown lighting

“I am gratified by the unanimous support for our Capital Budget for the year ever and I sincerely appreciate the thanks I have received from my colleagues for my work on this budget,” said Majority Leader Jim King (D) 10.

“I would like to thank all members of the council and staff for working together to once again place the priorities of this community first,” said Minority Caucus Chair Robin Engel (R) 22. “The changes represented in tonight’s budget show the Council’s devotion to community projects and improving the quality of life for every part of the county.”