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Majority Caucus reacts to passage of FY 2011 Budget

Thursday June 24, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Contact:On Thursday night, the Louisville Metro Council approved the FY 2011 Operating and Capital Budgets for Metro Government. The following are statements from the Majority Caucus on the passage of the budget.

“In yet another tight budget year, the Metro Council has been able to put aside political differences and work together. I believe the Budget Committee was faced with some tough challenges but managed to help thousands of people in need while at the same time maintain priorities of public safety, economic development and overall improvements for all 26 districts.” Councilwoman Madonna Flood, Majority Leader (D-24)

“Work on this year’s Budget Committee was a challenge for all of us. I am glad we were about to restore $1 million to the external agencies. Many of these groups provide needed social services and the arts to our children and families. When we help children we build on our future.” Councilwoman Judith Green (D-1)

“I am very pleased with the budget. In Newburg, we have a master plan for Petersburg Park and several areas, a children’s park and new restrooms, have been a concern for residents in the area. This budget allows us to move forward with our master plan so that Petersburg Park can be an even greater asset to the community”…..Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2)

“I am pleased this budget process went so smoothly. I am very glad we were able to find additional money for the external agency groups. The public should know this Council is committed to these groups as they offer assistance to so many in need. Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (D-3)

“This budget will assist the Portland area with two major projects, the Portland Neighborhood House and the Portland Avenue Charitable Trust which is the conversion the old Portland Kroger Store. There is also $2 million for Portland Neighborhood Revitalization. I am also pleased to see approval for expansion of the Shawnee Library. I am pleased with programs for children through the Shawnee Park Dream Sprayground/Playground and money for the Young Elementary playground. These projects represent investment in our neighborhoods and when we invest in our neighborhoods all of Metro Louisville benefits.” Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5)

“I would like to thank the members of the Budget Committee and the two caucuses for working together on this budget. Many may not realize the time and effort required to review all the information and then make the tough decision to keep government running and take care of the needs of our community. This year has shown a renewed spirit of cooperation between council members serves the public well.” Councilman Tom Owen, Metro Council President (D-8)

“It is heartening to be a part of a political body that has chosen to work in a bipartisan manner in economic tough times to pass our budget. As in the previous year, this budget attempts to restore funding for dozens of non-profits while maintaining a level of services to citizens of Louisville. When rancorous partisan divisions surround us on a state and national level, I am proud this Metro Council chose to work with each other and do our jobs with minimal disagreement.” Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9)

“I am proud to have been a part of the Budget Committee for the first time this year. It was a time consuming and sometimes tedious process, yet worth the hard work to be able to produce a workable budget that serves the people in all 26 districts. I am extremely pleased with District 13 projects approved such as the new Fairdale Library, District 13 sidewalks, and Jefferson Memorial Forest Master Plan Implementation for a total of $2.4 million dollars to District 13.”.. Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13)

“The Budget Committee is to be commended for its work in finding available revenues to help the external agencies and still maintain the services needed to keep Metro Government running. Once again, southwest Jefferson County has fared well in this budget.” Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14)

Madonna Flood (D) 24