With the city of Louisville facing a $12 million budget shortfall, it's easy for people to insist that "Somebody has to do something."

But there's a big difference between making such an obvious observation and actually coming up with workable ideas that'll get the job done.

That's why it's promising that the Metro Council – under the leadership and authorship of Jim King – has taken the initiative in the discussion by sending Mayor Fischer a detailed list of 28 suggestions they believe will either help cut costs or raise additional revenue.

It's not a "my way or the highway" document. It doesn't suggest these are the only reasonable ways to deal with the situation.

But the letter is a great first step toward getting the dialogue started, because it demonstrates that possible solutions aren't hard to come by at all, but are actually quite abundant.  Looking over the list myself, I think most of them are good ideas. But even if you disagree, with this many thoughts on the table just about anyone can probably find a few they can support. 

Instead of waiting for someone else to make the first move, King and the rest of the Council have taken ownership of the problem by offering Mayor Fischer and the community much food for thought, and they should be commended for it.

What do think of King's money-saving ideas? Do you have some of your own? Call and tell us.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.