Louisville Mayor proposes balanced city budget [Opinion: The Arena]

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Louisville Mayor proposes balanced city budget

Proposed 2012-2013 Budget Highlights

No tax increases; Maintains basic services and workforce levels

pothole3.jpgCloses part of the budget gap by better managing city resources

  • $6.7 million by selling Mud Lot to Parking Authority of River City
  • $4 million by selling City Hall lot to PARC
  • $3.9 million for sale in 2003 of county garages to PARC to be collected

Makes structural changes to address long-term deficit

  • $3.1 million reduction in overtime across all agencies
  • New contracts with EMS, Corrections that reduce overtime and pay increases

Makes significant investments in public safetyLMPD_4.jpg

  • Provides $304 million for police, fire, EMS and public protection — about 66% of General Fund dollars.
  • Funds three police recruit classes – 96 new officers
  • Funds one fire recruit class

Makes strategic investments for the future and leverages public dollars with private matches

  • $9.5 million to build the Southwest Regional Library; matched with $3.5 million from the Library Foundation
  • $1.5 million to replace the HVAC system at Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center
  • $500,000 to acquire West Louisville property to attract businesses
  • $500,000 for a Louisville Heritage Conservation Fund for historic preservation; to be matched dollar-for-dollar by private donor
  • $500,000 for new lighting/streetscape on South Fourth Street to attract retail
  • $450,000 to help by 82 acres of land in Fairdale for Louisville Loop and Jefferson Memorial Forest; matched with $450,000 from David City Hall Metro Hall_1.jpgand Betty Jones Sr.
  • $100,000 to help create a 25-year plan and vision for the city
  • $100,000 for SummerWorks jobs program for at-risk teens; matched with $900,000 in private and business donations
  • $75,000 to buy e-books for library users

Invests in innovations that will save money, make city greener

  • $400,000 to purchase 55-gallon recycling bins for two neighborhood routes
  • $125,000 to help foreclose on 100 of the most marketable vacant properties
  • $60,000 to hire tree inspector to help improve city’s tree canopy

Provides $4.9 million to non-profit agencies that help citizens. Money will fund arts, community ministries, and social service agencies.

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About Thomas McAdam
At various times I have been a student, a soldier, a college Political Science teacher, a political campaign treasurer, and legal adviser to Louisville's Police Department and Board of Aldermen. I now practice law and share my political opinions with anyone who will listen.
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