Thursday May 29, 2008
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
With an $812 million dollar budget before them for review and approval, the Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council is ready to work with Mayor Jerry Abramson in moving the city forward.
“The Mayor has the difficult job of maintaining basic services in a changing local economy,” says Majority Leader Rick Blackwell (D) 12. “As the Metro Council, we are charged with reviewing these priorities and making sure we keep our citizens safe while continuing efficient operation of government. I am excited that the budget includes recruiting classes for police and firefighters.”
The Mayor outlined his budget which includes of maintaining public safety, while eliminating 400 unfilled positions in government. It also continues funding for three new firehouses, a new animal control facility and a new library for the Newburg area.
“I look forward to hearing from the various departments and learning more about this budget,” says Councilwoman Judith Green (D) 1, Vice-Chair of the Caucus. “There are many challenges in the budget process this year and I want to make sure we help as many of our citizens as we can.”
The Council’s Budget Committee will begin hearings next week. The hearings will be conducted through the month of June.
“While we listen to the agencies of government, I want to let the public know they have a voice in this process,” says Budget Chair Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5. “We will have two public hearings next month to listen to residents on this budget.”
The first public hearing will be Wednesday, June 4 at 9:30 am in the Council Chambers, 601 West Jefferson Street.. The second will be held on Wednesday, June 18th at 6:00pm. Speakers will be limited to three minutes and should call the Metro Council Clerk’s office to sign up.
“I would like the Mayor to know that the Metro Council appreciates his efforts in a very challenging time for the city,” say Council President Jim King (D) 10. “In the past two years, members of the Council have done an excellent job of working together to improve the quality of life for our citizens and I see that same spirit of cooperation continuing this year.”