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

Thursday June 20, 2013

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

– By a unanimous vote, the Louisville Metro Council on Thursday night has approved the proposed Fiscal Year 2013/2014 Operating and Capital Budgets.

Several Council members issued the following statements after the budgets passed:

“The Budget we passed this evening should serve as an encouraging sign for our city and local economy. While we still have a long way to go before everyone who is willing to work for it has the opportunity to thrive and prosper, this budget starts the process of making the necessary investments in West Louisville and other underserved parts of our city for us to reach our full potential.”

Councilman David Tandy, District 4

“Our budget shows the Council’s focus on job production and infrastructure and is a very positive step for our city,”

Councilman Kelly Downard, District 16, Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee.

“The Funding Urton Lane Extension will provide a new arterial road linking numerous local roads and arterials. The Urton Lane Extension will help to add more than 400 Acres able to bring up to 10,000 manufacturing and technical jobs to the nearby Bluegrass Commerce Park. I thank everyone for helping to fund this priority and I am proud of the wortk achieved for job creation in this year’s budget document.” –

Councilman Stuart Benson, District 20

“With this budget, we are beginning to address our infrastructure needs which are long overdue. Repaving and rebuilding our roads and sidewalks not only improve the neighborhoods in our districts but this effort encourages economic development throughout for all of Metro Louisville.”

Councilman David Yates, District 25

Here are the highlights of the approved budget include:

· More than $731,000 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.

· 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.

· General fund dollars of $60,000 were allocated to demolish vacant homes throughout Metro Louisville that are not eligible for CDBG demolition funds.

· 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 sent to Mayor Greg Fischer. After it is signed, it will go into effect on July 1st.