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Public Safety, Human Services and Housing top the list of budget priorities for Majority Caucus

Wednesday May 16, 2007

Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
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Fighting crime, protecting lives and responding to emergencies are among the top priorities of the Majority Caucus for the Metro Government’s 2007-2008 budget.

“Funding our police, fire and EMS demonstrates our continued commitment to keeping the people of Metro Louisville safe,” says Majority Leader Jim King (D) 10.

“Our Caucus is also behind full funding of Metro Safe and we would also like to see expansion of the camera surveillance in high crime areas,” says King. “We are committed to making sure Metro Police, Fire and EMS can build upon the progress that has been made in responding to any need.”

Public Safety is the number one priority of the Caucus followed by Human Services, Housing, Jobs, Parks and Recreation, Libraries and Infrastructure.

Mayor Jerry Abramson will address the Metro Council on May 31st and outline his priorities for the city on May 31st at 2:00pm. “We fully expect to support the Mayor’s budget priorities and look forward to working with him,” said King.

The Caucus has also called for allocations to various projects including $200,000 each for the Portland Neighborhood House improvements in Algonquin, Wyandotte and Central Parks and streetscape improvements near U of L, Churchill Downs and the Highlands. Other programs include $300,000 for the developing Riverview Park, $150,000 for the Bethany Chapel building at Farnsley Moreman, $150,000 for the Norfolk Community Center and $100,000 each for renovations at the Sun Valley Community Center and funding of the Metro Housing Resource Center.

During hearings on mid-term adjustments for the current budget, the Caucus indicated its full support for the creation of an Affordable Housing Trust Fund and language governing the Mayor’s $1,000,000 allocation to the Trust Fund is anticipated with the upcoming budget.

“The Budget Committee is looking forward to reviewing the Mayor’s Budget for the coming year,” says Budget Chair Madonna Flood (D) 24. “The administration will find us eager to continue many of the programs and services we now offer even under tighter financial times.”

The Caucus has also proposed earmarking more than $500,000 in matching funds for street, alley and sidewalk improvements.

“These programs have made a major difference in neighborhoods all over the city,” says King. “We may not have the money to improve every sidewalk, street and road in the city, but we have been able to address problem areas in a fiscally responsible way.”

After the Mayor has presented his budget, the Council’s Budget Committee will begin a full review of funding during the month of June.

Here is a list of the Majority Caucus’ recommended major allocations:

Tree planting fund (matching)

$75,000.00

Tree trim/removal fund (matching)

$75,000.00

Sidewalk fund (matching)

$200,000.00

Alley paving fund (matching)

$100,000.00

Street humps fund (matching)

$50,000.00

Street light fund (matching)

$50,000.00

Norfolk Community Center

$150,000.00

Algonquin Master Plan Implementation Gap Funds

$200,000.00

Metro Housing Resource Center, District 3 and 5

$100,000.00

Portland Neighborhood House

$200,000.00

Central Park Tennis Court Renovation

$200,000.00

Cherokee Park Dog Park Paving/Shelter

$65,000.00

Bellarmine sidewalks to Richmond Drive (matching $)

$50,000.00

Bardstown Road Streetscape

$100,000.00

Mellwood Streetscape

$150,000.00

Brownsboro Road sidewalks (not CMAQ money)

$100,000.00

Emerson Gardens Master Plan Implementation

$100,000.00

Preston Corridor (Eastern Parkway to Parkway Village)

$200,000.00

Riverview Park

$300,000.00

Tennis Court Renovations (District 12)

$80,000.00

Jefferson Memorial Forest Master Plan

$50,000.00

Fairdale Village Plan

$100,000.00

Sun Valley Community Center Renovation

$100,000.00

Bathany Chapel Completion

$150,000.00

Wyandotte Park Improvements

$200,000.00

Winkler/3rd/4th Corridor Streetscape

$200,000.00

Blue Lick Park Paths

$80,000.00

Okolona Streetscape

$100,000.00

Sponsors:
Jim King (D) 10
David Tandy (D) 4
Judith Green (D) 1
Barbara Shanklin (D) 2
Mary C. Woolridge (D) 3
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5
George Unseld (D) 6
Tom Owen (D) 8
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13
Bob Henderson (D) 14
Marianne Butler (D) 15
Dan Johnson (D) 21
Madonna Flood (D) 24