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Metro Council Members Outline Opposition to LG&E Franchise Fee

Thursday June 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      
DATE:  JUNE 5, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT:  STEPHEN HAAG
574-1204 / 645-1752
                                                           

Republican Members Outline Cumulative Cost of Various Proposed Taxes and Fees

Louisville, KY: Nine members of the Louisville Metro Council have declared their opposition to the proposed $3.8 million Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) Franchise Fee Proposal. To illustrate their opposition, members present at the press conference distributed information showing how government gradually takes more money from each household despite slow economic times

“Since 2013, the average household in Louisville has been asked to pay $403.22 in additional state and local taxes and fees. These fees include requests for additional funding for MSD and JCPS, not to mention efforts to increase taxes through the establishment of a new Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) and a tax on Insurance for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Each of these changes was presented as minor taxes or fees that will not adversely hurt the population. Unfortunately, the cumulative effect can crush a family budget and force people to make cuts to essential household needs.” – Councilman Kevin Kramer, District 11

“Many people have written to the Council to ask us to live within our budget, just as they are required to live within their own budget. This caused us to focus on all the ways government and quasi-governmental agencies have tried to add to the burden of taxpayers, usually sold under the premise of costing taxpayers only about the same as a cup of coffee. The information provided today shows how all these additional taxes and fees add up to really hurt our families.” Councilwoman Marilyn Parker, District 18

“We are being nickel and dimed to death by a constant flow of new government regulations, taxes and fees. Taking each as an isolated case doesn’t sound bad, but in its totality, we are losing our freedom to control our own destinies. The political mindset of those in government is hypocritical, as they claim to be for the working families, yet regularly focus on reducing their power to provide for their family.” – Councilman Ken Fleming, District 7

“Our citizens have spoken loudly on this issue. They want government at all levels to live within its means, just as they do. People have to make hard decisions, after meeting their basic needs, on how they might afford things they want. They know how to do without the extras. Metro needs to follow that example and live within our expected 3.8% revenue increase, which is greater than the overwhelming majority of our citizens will see in their checks.” – Councilman Jerry Miller, District 19


Nine members of the Louisville Metro Council, including eight members of the Minority Caucus, have announced their opposition to the proposed LG&E franchise fee being imposed on residents of the community.

A copy of information distributed at today’s press conference is attached to this advisory. Supporting information for each chart is located at the conclusion of the packet. For additional information, please contact Stephen Haag, Jr. at steve.haag@louisvilleky.gov or via phone at 574-1204 or 645-1752.

What:  Press Conference discussing opposition to proposal increasing LG&E Gas fees

Members of the Metro Council will distribute information on total taxation and the cumulative results various attempts to raise taxes have had on the people of our community.

Who:                     Members of the Louisville Metro Council
Where:                 Jefferson Square (Corner of 6th and Jefferson Streets)
When:                  10:00 a.m.  Thursday, June 5, 2014

For More Information on this event, please contact Stephen Haag, Jr. at 574-1204 or 645-1752.

Taxes Digital Powerpoint June 5th, 2014