Metro Council approves $6.2 million in the Midyear Budget Adjustment spending to focus on violent crime and homicides
Louisville – In a unanimous vote, the Louisville Metro Council on Thursday night approved $6.2 million in spending for a focused effort to combat violent crime in the city where the homicide rate has climbed to 119 in Metro Louisville for the current year.
The additional funding will hire and train new police officers, provide overtime funding for current patrol and other divisions of LMPD, and additional funding for the Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods in the area of prevention programs and community outreach.
“No issue is more important than safety. Streets with crime lurking around the corner are not acceptable and must not be tolerated. This council has and will continue to give our police the resources requested by Chief Conrad and the Mayor, just as we have in each budget prior. Our community calls out for a plan. I hope these proposals help bring peace to our community,” said Councilwoman Angela Leet (R-7), who is Vice chair of the Council Budget Committee.
“As we close out a very violent year in Metro Louisville, we must look at all options to bring this violence under control,” said Councilman David James (D-6). “This surplus money is an opportunity to reinforce our officers on the street and at the same time try different non law enforcement efforts to see if we can stop the escalation of violence before it starts.”
“Our communities and neighborhoods are looking to us for leadership to do something that brings down the violence that we have had to live through in 2016,” said Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5). “We need to make sure our police officers have the resources they need and we must focus on those things that work and monitor progress to bring down crime as well as provide additional funding for community contractual initiatives.”
“Keeping the people of this city safe is the top priority of the Metro Council and I want to thank the members of the Budget committee for their work in crafting this approach. We must try to all options to begin to see a downward trend to this violence and we will monitor these efforts to make sure we are moving in the right direction,” said Council President David Yates (D-25).
As part of the approval, the LMPD, Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, and Codes and Regulations are required to develop implementation plans and progress reports for Metro Council review in February of 2017.
Here are the Highlights of the Midyear Budget Adjustment:
$1,540,000 for Violence Reduction Initiatives:
$1,238,200 for additional overtime
partial year personnel costs of $58,800 for crime analysts
$28,000 for forensic firearm analysts
$40,000 for criminal investigation technology
$40,000 to Kentuckiana Crime Stoppers
$75,000 for investigative expenses of the multi-jurisdictional drug/gang task force (LMINTEL)
$60,000 for 9th mobile multi-jurisdictional drug/gang task force infrastructure.
$625,000 for Violence Reduction Initiatives:
$120,000 for partial year personnel costs
$150,000 grant to Urban League for No More Red Dot Program
$10,000 grant to Urban League for Expungement Program
$20,000 grant to Urban League for Zones of Hope Program
$15,000 for OneLoveLouisville program
$16,200 for therapeutic support
$10,000 grant to Peace Education for Little Hands, Little Feet Gun Safety Program
$40,000 grant to Urban League for Housing Rehabilitation Training for Felons Program
$17,000 grant to Neighborhood House for Peace Basketball League
$83,000 for Cure Violence program
$143,800 is held for partial year community contracts and grants to non-profit organizations for anti-gang, educational or violence reduction initiatives
$110,000 for the Clean & Bright Graffiti Program representing 50% of the expected annual cost of this program.
&60,000 for increase in Community Center Personnel
Metro Council requests LMPD provide a report on Violence Reduction Initiatives to the Public Safety Committee no later than February 28, 2017. This report should contain, but not limited to funds expended, expected expenditures by June 30, 2017 and measures used to indicate success/failure of the $1,540,000 funds appropriated for the Violence Reduction Initiatives in this ordinance.
Metro Council requests Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods provide a report on Violence Reduction Initiatives to the Public Safety Committee no later than February 28, 2017. This report should contain, but is not limited to funds expended, expected expenditures by June 30, 2017 and measures used to indicate success/failure of the $625,000 funds appropriated for the Violence Reduction Initiatives in this ordinance.
Prior to spending the $143,800, the Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods provide a detailed plan to the Public Safety Committee for approval.
Prior to expending any of this additional funding, Codes & Regulations is requested to furnish a plan for this funding no later than February 28, 2017 to the Metro Council Budget Committee. The plan should include, but is not limited to personnel versus contract costs, fees to private property owners and expected response time.
$100,00 for Summerworks program
$160,000 additiona garbage carts in the Urban Service District
$40,000 partial year funding for a Chief Equity Office