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President King to ask Mayor Fischer to dismiss all legal actions against Life Institute over grant

Friday September 23, 2011

For Immediate release:
Office of the President
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Metro Council President Jim King (D-10) will deliver a formal letter on Friday, September 23rd to Mayor Greg Fischer asking that all legal action against the Life Institute be dismissed. His request comes following the removal proceedings for former District 1 Councilwoman Judith Green.

“I believe our council determined that a Metro Council member interfered with the operation of the Life Institute resulting in the failure of Life Institute to fulfill its contractual obligations with Metro,” King said in the letter. “I also believe we found this interference also resulted in the loss of allocated taxpayer dollars and the subversion of an established program for a program designed and executed to achieve the personal goals of that Council Member.”

On Tuesday, September 13th, the Metro Council Court voted unanimously on two charges to remove Green from office.

One of the charges dealt with the Life Institute. The organization was the fiscal agent for a $55,000 city grant for the Green Clean Team and Operation Hope in the 2009 Metro Operating Budget. The Green Clean Team was to receive $35,000 of the grant funds; the Operation Hope program of the Institute was to receive $20,000

An internal audit of the grant in August of 2010 found $28,000 unaccounted for. Metro Government has since taken the Life Institute to court to recover the missing funds.

“It seems unjust for the City to pursue collection of its funds when it is clear that the use of those funds were redirected from their intended course,” King said. “Further, it’s highly unlikely that any judgment against the Life Institute will result in a recovery of taxpayer dollars.”

The President indicated it was time to move forward but he did say the city could settle this by an agreed order.

Sponsor:
Jim King (D) 10