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Members of Louisville’s Metro Council Announce Alternative Plan for New Libraries without New Taxes

Tuesday July 24, 2007

Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
For Immediate Release
Media Contact:           
Stephen Haag, Jr.
574-1204 / 645-1752

Louisville, KY – Metro Councilman Hal Heiner (District 19) presented an alternative plan for funding the Library Master Plan without new taxes. Councilman Heiner made his presentation in the 1st Floor Conference Room of City Hall. 

“Louisville has the capability to improve our Libraries now. The plan presented today will show residents of this community how all aspects of the Library Master Plan can be implemented on schedule without raising taxes.” – Hal Heiner (District 19)

“We can build better Libraries without hurting the hard working families of this community. Residents of this community need to know that we are committed to paying for these improvements with current funds, not new taxes.” – Kevin Kramer (District 11)

“Louisville has the opportunity to seek more efficient means for operating. What better way to prove merger worked, than to improve our libraries without increasing taxes or creating another non-elected board.” – Stuart Benson (District 20)

The Following Council members have announced their support for the “New Libraries without New Taxes” Alternative:

Ken Fleming (District 7), Kevin Kramer (District 11), Kelly Downard (District 16), Glen Stuckel (District 17),  Hal Heiner (District 19), Stuart Benson (District 20), Robin Engel (District 22), James Peden (District 23) and Doug Hawkins (District 25).

The plan, which is available online at, outlines an alternative way for implementing the Library Master Plan through increased budget allocations and bonding over seven fiscal years without increasing taxes on every person who works in Louisville.

Ken Fleming (R) 7
Kevin Kramer (R) 11
Kelly Downard (R) 16
Glen Stuckel (R) 17
Hal Heiner (R) 19
Stuart Benson (R) 20
Robin Engel (R) 22
James Peden (R)23
Doug Hawkins (R) 25