Thursday June 23, 2011
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622
Stephen Haag 574-1204/645-1792
By a vote of 25 to 0, Louisville Metro Council has given approval to the Louisville Metro Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Operating and Capital Budgets.
“Many thanks to the budget committee, staff and the administration for their cooperation and bi-partisanship as we worked through the review and changes to the proposed budget,” said Budget Chair, Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15). “We were very thorough and found additional revenue to increase funds for external agencies and projects in progress.”
The Budget Committee identified nearly $3 million in additional tax revenues and another $1 million in other revenue, yet passed amendments totaling under $2.5 million in additional appropriations.
“The budget process was more cooperative and transparent because of the sincere efforts of all parties involved,” said Budget Vice-Chair, Councilman Kelly Downard (R-16). “The Metro Council was able to make significant appropriations towards the repair of our poorest rated roads, while also supporting programs to improve job creation and the delivery of essential government services.”
Approximately $750,000 was added to external agency programs such as the Home of the Innocence, 4-C’s Childcare, and Project Warm, Volunteers of America Emergency Shelter, the Center for Women and Families, Project One, Americana and other social service and arts organizations
“Budget Chair Marianne Butler and Vice Chair Kelly Downard are to be congratulated for their leadership on this year’s budget. The Council was able to find ways to meet the needs of the community. We appreciate the cooperation of Mayor Fischer and his staff during this difficult process” said Council President Jim King (D-10).
Mayor Fischer present his budget to the Council on May 26th, The Budget Committee began its hearing on the budget on June 2nd and spent the month of June reviewing the requests of government agencies and other groups.
Among the highlights of this budget:
· $750,000 additional funding to external agencies
· $329,000 to Metro Parks to finish various capital projects
· $688,000 to Metro Public Works for paving and sidewalks
· $450,000 available for Economic Development improvements
· A review of the GLI and QCCT Contracts
The Metro Council is also asking the Mayor to step up efforts to collect unpaid loans owed to the Metro Government. It is believed of $3.4 million owed some $500,000 could be collected in the next budget year.
Now that the Metro Council has approved the budget, it is on its way to Mayor Fischer for his signature.Sponsors:
Marianne Butler (D) 15
Kelly Downard (R) 16