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Members of Minority Caucus and Staff to take Furlough Days to help address Budget Problems

Thursday June 9, 2011

Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     
MEDIA CONTACT:  STEPHEN HAAG, JR.
574-1204 / 645-1752 (CELL)


Louisville, KY – All members of the Louisville Metro Council’s Minority Caucus and their staff will participate in taking furloughs during Fiscal Year 2011-2012. Metro Council Minority Caucus Members plan to reimburse Metro Government for up to five days of work over the course of the next fiscal year, and each member of the Metro Council’s Minority Caucus Staff will take between one and five days of furlough, based on the Mayor’s request during his budget address.  In addition, the members of the Minority Caucus will be returning approximately 37% of unused office funds at the end of Fiscal Year 2010-2011.  The savings associated with the voluntary furloughs in Fiscal Year 2011-2012 along with the Fiscal Year 2010-2011 funds being returned to Metro Government by members of the Minority Caucus is approximately $111,490.

“Republican members of the Metro Council expect to reduce their office expenses by $11,490  through furloughs and are proud to show that our austerity has been practiced throughout the current fiscal year by returning approximately $110,000 in office account funds back to Metro Government’s coffers due to our focus on running our offices efficiently and under budget.” – Ken Fleming, Minority Caucus Chairman

Budgetary Savings by members of the Minority Caucus:

Furlough Program Savings (Fiscal Year 2011-2012):
9 Members of Minority Caucus, furlough Day Savings  $6,700
3 Members of Caucus Staff, furlough day savings   $3,000
9 Legislative Assistants, furlough day savings   $1,790
Total Savings from furlough days              $11,490

Office Cost Center Savings (Fiscal Year 2010-2011): 
The cost centers of the 9 members of the Minority Caucus will return a total of approximately $100,000 to the Metro Council’s Budget. This is an average of $11,111 per district and 37 percent of the total funds appropriated to each member of the Metro Council to operate their office annually.

Total Savings Announced by Minority Caucus:   $111,490

For more information on this release or on the information presented within, please contact Stephen Haag at 574-1204 or steve.haag@louisvilleky.gov.

Sponsor(s):
Ken Fleming (R) 7
Kevin Kramer (R) 11
Kelly Downard (R) 16
Glen Stuckel (R) 17
Jon Ackerson (R) 18
Jerry Miller (R) 19
Stuart Benson (R) 20
Robin Engel (R) 22
James Peden (R) 23