Friday May 26, 2006
Louisville Metro Government
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Louisville – Mayor Jerry Abramson has officially presented a budget of $730 million dollars for the 2006-2007 fiscal year.
Now the Metro Council will begin a review of the Mayor’s spending priorities and key needs of the Metro government with a series of budget hearings in the month of June.
‘It will be a thorough review,” says Councilman Rick Blackwell, (D) 12 who is Budget Chairman. “Since we had a bi-partisan meeting to list our priorities, I hope this process will continue to be a bi-partisan one.”
The Mayor presented his budget at a special meeting of the Council on May 25th.
“I think it is an exciting budget,” says Majority Leader Jim King (D) 10. “It is a blueprint for the future and I like the Mayor’s emphasis on public safety. It is a key priority for our caucus.”
The Metro Council’s Budget Committee will hear from various department heads about needs for the coming year.. The first budget hearing is set for May 31st.
Both Blackwell and King expect the budget process will go well.
“I expect there will be a wrinkle here and there but I think since the Democrats and Republicans have been talking we should be able to keep things moving smoothly.”
“I hope we will be able to keep the Mayor’s race out of the budget review and continue the bi-partisan effort we have begun,” says Blackwell.
Meanwhile, one Councilman says he is pleased with the Mayor’s presentation and his priorities.
“This was a good one,” said Councilman George Unseld (D) 6. “I think the Mayor is taking us to a plateau. I think this council needs to get on board and embrace many of the things that will enhance the city.”
The Budget Committee hopes to have the review process completed the Metro Council is expected to vote on a final version of the budget at the end of June.
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Jim King (D) 10
George Unseld (D) 6