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Councilmen Heiner & Fleming have released a statement regarding the Audit of Metro Government

Wednesday March 24, 2010

Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     
CONTACT: STEPHEN HAAG, JR.
574-1204

Louisville, KY –  Metro Council Minority Caucus Chairman Hal Heiner (District 19) and Vice-Chairman Ken Fleming have released the following statement regarding the release of State Auditor Crit Luallen’s Single Audit of Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government.

“The 69 signifigant findings, 12 of which were material, should send a jolt to those in this government who are satisfied with the status quo. The work by the Office of the State Auditor Crit Luallen and her staff is to be commended as she has helped bring to light many of the deficiencies that some members of this council brought up as the result of the Cordish give-a-ways and the scandals that have hit Metro Animal Services and Housing. Metro Government must begin a focused effort to make substantive changes to the way business is done within the departments to ensure that the same types of deficiencies do not plague this community in future years.”
– Councilman Hal Heiner (District 19)

“As vice-chairman of the Government Oversight and Accountability Committee and a member of the Budget Committee, I look forward to hearing real solutions to the dozens of substantial problems outlined within the report submitted by State Auditor Crit Luallen. In the past, I and other members of the budget committee have asked for the administration to change their practices of hiring people without financial educations to the position of  business manager. This report supports our past efforts, and hopefully leads this and future administrations down a path where we hire people because of what they know, rather that who they know or how long they have served Metro Government.”
– Council Ken Fleming (District 7)

A joint meeting of the Metro Budget and Metro Government Accountability and Oversight Committees has been scheduled for April 26, 2010. This joint committee has been called in an effort to learn more about the reports findings and to work towards solutions to prevent such significant problems in future reviews.

Sponsor:
Ken Fleming (R) 7
Hal Heiner (R) 19