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Metro Council approves FY2009 Budget , one time windfall helps fund projects

Thursday June 26, 2008

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

The Metro Council on Thursday night approved the $820 million FY 2009 operational and capital budget for Metro Government. The Operating Budget was approved by a vote of 24 to 1. The Capital budget was approved by a vote of 14 to 11.

“I believe this budget maximizes efficiency while meeting the needs of our city and its external agencies," says Council President Jim King (D) 10.

After a thorough review, the Council has additional funding with a onetime windfall from the state pension fund to restore more than $1.3 million for external agencies. The Mayor's original budget proposed $2.4 million cut in funding.

“I am glad we were able to restore some of the funding too many of these organizations,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5 who chaired the Budget Committee. “While we were not able to restore complete funding to everyone, it is our hope that the economy will improve so that more organizations can continue to receive assistance in the coming years.”

The Capital Budget also includes new body armor for Metro Police, new fire houses, Metro Safe and funding for the Louisville Zoo’ Glacier Run. It also calls for an additional $1.5 million for a new branch of the Louisville Free Public at Newburg. The Council has proposed expanding the new branch by 8,000 square feet.

The Capital Budget passed by a vote o f14 to 11 along party lines. It was unanimously supported by Democrats of the Majority Caucus.

“Every member of this Council is aware of the concerns of many groups when it comes to for the city," says Majority Leader Rick Blackwell (D) 12. "Public safety is still the number one issue for the Council and we maintained funding for the Mayor’s plans for new recruit classes for Metro Police and Louisville Fire and Rescue."

The budget also will see some $1.5 million in delays of bond payments for projects that are not yet ready to move forward.

The Budget will take effect on July 1st.

Here are the highlights of the Capital Budget:

Metro Safe Phase III $15,976,900

Body Armor $65,400

Computers for Police Cars $550,000

Metro Street Improvements $4,500,000

Alley Improvements $150,000

Cooper Chapel Phase 1 $4,500,000

Newburg Library Branch $1,500,000

Riverview Park $700,000

Glacier Run $900,000

Sponsors:
Judith Green (D) 1
Barbara Shanklin (D) 2
Mary C. Woolridge  (D) 3
David Tandy (D) 4
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
George Unseld (D) 6
Tom Owen (D) 8
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9
Jim King (D) 10
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13
Bob Henderson (D) 14
Marianne Butler (D) 15
Dan Johnson (D) 21
Madonna Flood (D) 24