Non-profits urge Louisville Mayor to put program funding back in - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Non-profits urge Louisville Mayor to put program funding back in his $750 (M) budget

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Concerns about Louisville's children who are most in need drew a crowd of people to Metro Council on Wednesday night. They’re fighting part of the mayor's proposed budget, specifically a drop in their organization’s funding.

A majority of the speakers asked the council to put money back into their programs, instead of cutting it.

Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed budget is $750 million. Fischer says his main goals include delivering excellent city services, balancing the budget, and creating more jobs.

The proposal includes $6.1 million for Public Works and Assets. That money would help pay for things like street improvements, adding more bike lanes, and converting some one-way streets to two-way.

It also includes $3.5 million for police and equipment, hiring 24 new officers, paying for increased police presence in the Waterfront/Downtown area, and a fully staffing a “Real Time Crime Center” to watch security cameras.

There's also $2.5 million set aside for new EMS and Fire vehicles, $500,000 for a new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, and $714,000 for other life saving devices like new heart monitors and defibrillators.

But among those who spoke at Wednesday night’s Metro Council meeting frustrated with the budget, included CEOS and Presidents of non-profits. Nearly every single one spoke about how the mayor was cutting their funding.

Like the House of Ruth that serves those living with HIV. The mayor's plan would cut funding for the organization by more than $13,000. Money that would be used to buy TARC tickets to help get them treatment.

"Without TARC tickets they cannot get to many medical appointments,” said House of Ruth Executive Director Lisa Sutton. “If they don't see their doctor regularly and take their prescribed medication, then they can't manage their HIV/AIDS successfully."

"We're asking that the 22% cut that we have been given, is changed to be as close to last year's allocation as possible," said CASA Executive Director William Myers.

Director of St. George’s Community Center Arthur Cox says, "We ask that this council restore our funding. We were cut by $11,000, we simply cannot do this work, we cannot do this trench work without you."

Metro Council will hold several more budget meetings next month and then take a final vote on the proposal June 27th.

For a full look at the budget head to our main page and click on “The Button.”

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