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Minority Caucus Members Comment on Mayor’s Budget Proposal

Tuesday May 21, 2013

CONTACT:    Stephen Haag
574-1204 / 645-1752

Louisville, KY – The following comments were released by Republican Members of the Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee in response to the Mayor’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Proposal.

“As Vice-Chairman of the Metro Council’s Budget Committee, I look forward to reviewing all aspects of the Mayor’s Budget. The Mayor’s process of developing a budget worked with members of the Metro Council reflects much of our shared vision for the community.  I support the increased spending on paving throughout Louisville Metro, and look forward to hearing the details from representatives from Public Works as we hear their plan for addressing our communities transportation Needs.” – Kelly Downard, District 16, Louisville Metro Budget Committee Vice-Chair

“I support the inclusion of funding for projects like the construction of the Urton Lane Corridor, investment in the East Government Center and the priority given to increasing funding for community ministries. I look forward to discussing the administration’s plans for adding bike-paths, but will focus my attention to ensure that our paving needs for motorists are met in the priority set by Public Works.” – Jerry Miller, District 19, Member of the Budget Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Minority Caucus.

“This budget seems to have made progress on addressing our continued concerns related to overtime costs but makes little progress in making our city more economically competitive.”  – Ken Fleming, District 7, Member of the Budget Committee and Minority Caucus Chair,

“The release of the Mayor’s Budget starts one of the most important parts of the council calendar. I am glad to see the expansion of the pilot program for recycling that several of us on the council supported in previous year’s budget has gained the support of the Mayor and that they are making another investment in expanding the recycling options for our citizens.” – Kevin Kramer, District 11, Member of the Metro Council Budget Committee.