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Public hearing set for July 19th for library referendum

Friday July 6, 2007

For Immediate Release:
Tony Hyatt
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: 574-4137/ 645-1752

A public hearing for a November ballot measure to create a library district has been set for Thursday, July 19th, 6:00pm in the chambers of the Louisville Metro Council.

“My office has verified the needed signatures required by state law to move to the next step which is notification of a public hearing,” says Metro Council Clerk Kathy Herron.

KRS 65.192 requires that the clerk of a consolidated local government determine that the signatures are valid. The consolidated local council shall schedule a hearing on the proposal for no earlier than thirty (30) nor later than Sixty days following receipt of the petition, charter and plan of service.

The Friends of the Library presented petitions of voter signatures to each of the 26 members of the Metro Council on June 11th.

As required by state law, the Clerk’s Office has verified 100 signatures of registered voters in each of the eight Kentucky Senatorial Districts representing Jefferson County.

State law requires the clerk to now notify all planning commissions, cities and area development districts within whose jurisdiction the proposed service area is located and any state agencies required by law to be notified of the proposal for the creation of the taxing district.

A formal letter to that effect will be sent out on Thursday by the Council Clerk’s Office.

The public hearing will be a chance for the public to speak on the Louisville Free Public Library’s plan. The Council will also have a chance to solicit testimony from other interested parties.

“If there is anyone who would like to speak before the Council, they can sign up beginning at 5:00pm on the day of the public hearing,” says Herron.

After the public hearing, the Council will then begin the formal process to review a resolution to require the measure be placed on the November 6th ballot.

Here is the question to be place on the November 6th ballot if approved by the Metro Council.

Are you in favor of the following?

1. The renovation and expansion of existing Louisville Free Public Libraries , the addition of new books, computers, children’s programs and other services for library users, and the construction of new neighborhood libraries, and

2. The creation of a countywide library district to be governed by a library board of five unpaid trustees appointed from the residents of all of Jefferson County, and

3. The financing of the library through an occupational license fee of twenty cents for every one hundred dollars to be collected from individuals on employment earnings in Jefferson County, and at the same rate on the net profits of business activities listed in Kentucky Revised Statutes 65.192 (10)(b)

Yes________

No_________