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Metro Council Budget Committee approves 2013-2014 Operations and Capital Budgets for Metro Government

Wednesday June 19, 2013

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

Louisville
– “We are glad the Mayor’s Budget includes $300,000 for emergency repairs to the Fiscal Court Building. This will help protect the safety of the public and our employees,” said Councilman Kelly Downard, Vice Chair of the Metro Council’s Budget Committee.

The emergency funding is part of the proposed Fiscal Year 2013/2014 Operating and Capital Budget unanimously approved Wednesday by the Council’s Budget Committee.

The approved budget reallocates nearly $5 million in funds to meet the funding priorities of the Council for affordable housing, trees, business corridors and job growth incentives. More than $450,000 in funding is appropriated to external agencies to provide much needed programing in Metro Louisville, including a 20% increase of $154,100 for the Community Ministries.

“Overall this budget proves that Louisville is in an economic recovery. The outlook is good for getting back to basic services such as street paving, sidewalk repairs, garbage collection and park improvements,” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15), who chairs the Budget committee.

“This process has been a true partnership between the Metro Council and the Mayor’s Office. We’ve spent 3 months meeting to develop what I believe to be is the best budget we’ve had since 2009,” said President Jim King (D-10). “I’m particularly happy we are addressing affordable housing and grass cutting.”

This year’s budget again includes money to focus on dealing with the problem of abandoned and vacant properties. General fund dollars of $60,000 were allocated to demolish vacant homes throughout Metro Louisville that are not eligible for CDBG demolition funds. Last year, Metro Council added funds for this activity and demolished additional houses that had become blighted embarrassments to many of our neighborhoods.

Other highlights of the approved budget include:

· Millions of dollars are dedicated for paving roadways. Approximately half being added by members of the Metro Council.

· Approximately $100,000 in funds are being allocated in the budget to mow vacant lots and public right-of-ways throughout Metro Louisville. Funds are going to Metro Corrections for additional inmate crews and Metro Public Works and IPL for overtime.

· The Affordable Housing Trust Fund will receive $1 million in CDBG funding through the Community Services and Revitalization Department. This funding will allow the trust to move forward on its mission.

· There are $1.2 million in funds allocated for the Urton Lane Corridor, a project that would open up thousands of acres for job development.

· The Community Ministries senior centers are receiving $62,500 collectively to keep their doors open serving hot meals and offering daily interaction with others. For many of these seniors, this is the only time they are able to leave their home for the day.

· Funds are also allocated for additional street sweeping and /or a junk pickup in the Urban Service District. Public Works will report back to the Budget Committee by September 30th of this year on how they will spend those funds.

· Metro Parks is receiving $10,000 for additional hours at Community centers to coincide when School is out.

The Fiscal year 2013/2014 Budget will be voted on by the full Metro Council on Thursday, June 20, 2013.

Sponsors:

Marianne Butler (D) 15
Kelly Downard (R) 16
Jim King (D) 10