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President King forwards Metro Council Budget reduction letter to Mayor Fischer

Wednesday January 25, 2012

Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) has sent Mayor Greg Fischer a letter suggesting budget recommendations that if enacted could save the local government between $10 to $20 million dollars annually.

“These are our recommendations to help the Mayor through the coming months as we work together to resolve the budget deficit facing this city in the short term and in the coming fiscal year,” said King.

The letter was sent after King spent the last ten days meeting Budget Chair Marianne Butler (D-15) and Budget Vice Chair Kelly Downard (R-16) as well as other Council members to develop options for budget reductions, revenue increases and greater government efficiencies.

The President’s letter highlights the following:

· Cancel/Amend the contract with Greater Louisville Inc.

· QCCT Profit Sharing Review

· Tax Amnesty Program

· The merger of Louisville Fire /EMS

· Uncollected penalties/fees/loans

· Review of PARC Funds

· Review of surplus property/space utilization and rentals

· Review of Urban Service District Taxes/Services

The letter also highlights other areas of review of revenues and costs of other government agencies.

“We trust the suggestions may serve as a point of departure for discussions on ways to increase revenues and reduce costs,” King says in his letter.

Jim King (D) 10