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Louisville Metro Council united in support for additional library funding

Friday May 14, 2004

Media Release
For Information Contact:


Jennifer F. Brislin
502.574.4137

Patrick H. Neely
502.574.1351

All 26 members of the Louisville Metro Council signed a letter in support of additional library funding. That letter was sent to Mayor Jerry Abramson today.

“Strong libraries make strong communities,” said Councilwoman Ellen Call, R-26. “There are tremendous demands on our limited tax dollars, but we all agree that libraries should be a priority. Our library system ranks well below those in most of our benchmark cities in terms of the size of our book collection. We must do what we can to begin to reverse that trend.”

The letter urges the mayor to make a commitment to more books for Louisville Metro libraries – even during these tight budget times.
“Funding additional dollars for our libraries is an investment in our future,” said Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2. “This is a critical time for our community, and even with the current budget challenges, we can’t afford not to direct as many resources as possible toward strengthening our libraries.”

The letter of support was signed by: Denise Bentley, D-1; Barbara Shanklin, D-2; Mary Woolridge; D-3; Willie Bright, D-4; Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5; George Unseld, D-6; Ken Fleming, R-7; Tom Owen, D-8; Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9; Cyril Allgeier, D-10; Kevin Kramer, R-11; Rick Blackwell, D-12; Ron Weston, D-13; Bob Henderson, D-14; George Melton, D-15; Kelly Downard, R-16; Glen E. Stuckel, R-17; Julie Raque Adams, R-18; Hal Heiner, R-19; Stuart Benson, R-20; Dan Johnson, D-21; Robin Engel, R-22; James H. Peden, R-23; Madonna Flood, D-24; Doug Hawkins, R-25; and Ellen Call, R-26.

Sponsor(s)
  • Julie Raque Adams (R) 18
  • Cyril Allgeier (D) 10
  • Stuart Benson (R) 20
  • Denise Bentley (D) 1
  • Rick Blackwell (D) 12
  • Willie Bright (D) 4
  • Ellen Call (R) 26
  • Kelly Downard (R) 16
  • Robin Engel (R) 22
  • Kenneth C. Fleming (R) 7
  • Madonna Flood (D) 24
  • Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
  • Doug Hawkins (R) 25
  • Hal Heiner (R) 19
  • Robert Henderson (D) 14
  • Dan Johnson (D) 21
  • Kevin Kramer (R) 11
  • George Melton (D) 15
  • Tom Owen (D) 8
  • James Peden (R) 23
  • Barbara Shanklin (D) 2
  • Glen Stuckel (R) 17
  • George Unseld (D) 6
  • Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9
  • Ron Weston (D) 13
  • Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3