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Metro Council set to vote Thursday night on Suburban Cities Partnership ordinance

Tuesday June 20, 2006

Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
For Immediate Release:

Louisville – Following a through review, an ordinance designed to partner Metro Government with 83 Jefferson County cities in various projects is ready for a vote.

The Metro Council’s Appropriations committee on Monday afternoon gave its  approval to a revised Suburban Cities Partnership ordinance to allow projects with the various class cities as long as the project benefits all residents of Metro Louisville.

“We wanted to make sure all of the legal questions were resolved with this new law which will be a first under merged government,” said Committee Chairwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5.

The ordinance is sponsored by Councilmen Glen Stuckel (R) 17 and Ken Fleming (R) 7. The ordinance would allow money from a council member’s Neighborhood Development and Capitol Infrastructure funds to be used for projects such as sidewalks, roads and parks.

The law was set for a vote on Thursday, June 9th at the Council’s last regular meeting. Several members raised questions as to law’s constitutionality since the 83 small cities in Jefferson County opted not to be part of merged government. So it was sent back to committee.

“I am pleased we were able to work in a bipartisan way,” says Hamilton. “I think this shows we can do what’s right for all tax payers in Metro Louisville. This also could be a starting point for future questions about this merged government.”

The ordinance would allow the use of NDF/CIF funds for projects as long as the small city follows current guidelines of Metro Government. It is a requirement that any project would be for the benefit of all residents of Metro Louisville. All projects will be subject to the approval of the Metro Council.

“I believe we have also addressed the concerns many of us had about not violating the Kentucky Constitution,” She says.

The Metro Council’s next meeting is set for 6:00pm, Thursday June 22nd, third floor city hall.

The Council is also expected to vote on the Mayor’s proposed $730 million budget for the coming fiscal year.

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
Councilmen Glen Stuckel (R) 17
Ken Fleming (R) 7