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Metro Council members hold Press Conference Outlining Ordinances to fund the Louisville Library Master Plan.

Wednesday November 7, 2007

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

Louisville, KY – Nine members of the Louisville Metro Council held a press conference today at 3:00 p.m. today in front of the Bon Air Regional Library (2816 Del Rio Place). During this press conference, Metro Councilman Hal Heiner (District 19) announced that nine members of the Louisville Metro Council had filed two ordinances designed to begin the immediate funding the library master plan.

“Louisville Metro Government can pay for the construction and staffing of new libraries. These ordinances represent the first of many investments this government will make towards fulfilling the Library Master Plan.” - Hal Heiner, District 19.

“Every resident of Louisville needs to know that these ordinances have been introduced for passage should the Library Tax Campaign fail. The threats of lost jobs and branch closings are being used to scare our citizens, and no matter what the result of Tuesday’s vote, we stand ready to deliver better libraries for all residents of Louisville.” – Kelly Downard, District 16.

“I am committed to improving our libraries without new taxes, just as Mayor Abramson promised during his last campaign. If this tax fails on Tuesday, I will work with my council colleagues to fully fund the library master plan and fulfill the mayors’ campaign promises.” – Doug Hawkins, District 25.

“Our ordinances will ensure funding of the libraries, should voters decide against increasing our taxes by 9% on Tuesday. Our Ordinances will be read at Thursday’s meeting of the Metro Council and will allow for us to address this important funding priority prior to the holidays.”  – Robin Engel, District 22.

Co-Sponsors of this ordinance include: 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).

A copy of both the Ordinances Amending the FY2008 Metro Operating and Capital Budgets are attached. Each ordinance will receive its first reading at the November 8, 2007 Meeting of the Metro Council. Please visit www.hotlinetohal.com for more information on the complete plan to build “New Libraries without New Taxes”. 

Sponsor(s):
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).