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Metro Council Members to work on Library funding, work group plans to have an ordinance ready in January

Wednesday November 28, 2007

For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/ 526-3622
                 Stephen Haag 574-1204/ 645-1752

Four members of the Louisville Metro Council have announced their intention to work together on a funding plan after listening to concerns from the public and other council members over the Louisville Free Public Library System.

Council members Jim King (D) 10, Hal Heiner (R) 19, Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9 and Ellen Call (R) 26 will form the work study group.

“We all agreed the libraries are important and as the library reviews future needs, we will work in cooperation with that effort,” says King. “Libraries have waited patiently and now it is their turn.”

The announcement was made during Wednesday’s Metro Council’s Budget Committee where two ordinances are under review concerning the Library Master Plan and it’s implementation.

“As a Council, in the last five years, we have always been there for the libraries and I am excited that this Council is coming together to make a significant long term investment in the Library Master Plan for many years to come,” says Heiner.

The work group plans to review the city’s economic forecast along with the Library’s future to present a multi-year approach to address Metro Louisville’s needs.

“The public can be assured we will not let this situation linger,” says Ward-Pugh. “All of us agree improving the libraries is a priority that must be addressed.”

“The election initiated a positive public discussion about libraries,” says Call. “The Council is listening and we are prepared to move forward in developing a first class library system.”

The work group plans to have an ordinance ready for the Budget Committee by January 2008.

Jim King (D) 10
Hal Heiner (R) 19
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9
Ellen Call (R) 26