Metro Council Democrats offer their thoughts on the passing of the 2017-2018 Capital and Operating Budgets

June 23, 2017

Louisville – Members of the Democratic Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council have the following statements on the passing of the 2017-2018 Capital and Operating Budgets:

“When I proposed legislation to have the Mayor make his budget proposal a month earlier than in the past,  I hoped it would give the public more time to weigh in on priorities and give Council members more time to review the budget and make changes.  In fact, there was more public engagement this year and more Council action.  Budgets require compromise – and the results aren’t exactly what anyone wants.  On balance, though, the approved budget builds on Louisville’s positive momentum while addressing critical needs.”

Bill Hollander , District 9 President Pro Tem

“I’m pleased that we were able to thoroughly review the budget this year with the extra time we established. There are many positive things about this budget that will help West Louisville especially the building of the fiber network that has been proposed. I am very pleased we are focusing long needed attention on vacant and abandoned property. The No More Red Dots program and the Interrupters will go a long way to enhance public safety.”

Cheri Bryant Hamilton District 5, Democratic Caucus Vice-Chair

“I am grateful that we are finally putting the money originally promised,  into the Affordable Housing Trust Fund to begin addressing  the multitude of people across our community that cannot afford housing for themselves or their families.  I am proud of the Council for finally making the LAHTF the priority it needs be. I sincerely appreciate my colleagues supporting my request to add $50,000 to Metro Parks in an effort to offset the cost of Summer Camps for families who may struggle to afford them.  It  is a good start in helping parents keep kids engaged and out of the streets over the summer.”

Jessica Green District 1

“This budget is a good starting point for action on vacant and abandoned properties, especially in the west end. The west end has the biggest problem with vacant and abandoned properties. I would to thank everyone who saw the positive benefits of things like clear boarding and demolition to help our neighborhoods.”

Barbara Shanklin, District 2

“After almost ten years, it is wonderful to finally see the Affordable Housing Trust Fund at just under the 10 million dollar level. This funding will help the AHTF transform some of the vacant and abandon property into live-able homes for low income families. This will show that we are a compassionate city.”

Mary C. Woolridge District 3

“As a new Council Member I am very impressed with how thorough the budget process has been. I am thrilled we are fully funding the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and making it possible for Centerstone to open a Living Room Model here which will help reduce overcrowding at the jail. People suffering from mental illness and/or addiction issues need a safe place to receive treatment. Jail is not this place.”

Barbara Sexton Smith, District 4

“I'm glad that we were able to address many of the public safety issues in our community in this budget, by funding No More Red Dots, to Clear Boarding and Demolition of Vacant and Abandoned Property. The Council worked well together and with The Administration to get to this year’s Budget.”

David James, District 6

“While we have done our jobs and passed a budget, I believe that the public should be disappointed in Metro Government, from the Mayor to the Council, in that we have failed to seriously address over ½ a billion dollars in deferred maintenance that this city suffers from, and is growing rapidly.  The financial red ink, via lack of deferred maintenance spending, that this City has allowed to be incurred over the last few decades is staggering.  Other than recently with the roads and sidewalks, we have not taken on the challenge of how to address and pay for Louisville’s failure to spend its resources to maintain its own infrastructure.  With this budget we continue to only think about the immediate tomorrow, and not the financial wellbeing of the next decade or two.  At the present course, this city is destined for drastic service cuts and/or likely higher taxes.”

Brent Ackerson District 26