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There's been a lot of complaining about the city's recently announced budget, which significantly cut the funding of many social service agencies, arts groups and other non-essential projects.
But if you think the wailing is loud now, just imagine the uproar if Mayor Abramson had instead announced a bunch of new city taxes to make up the shortfall. Or made cuts that would have reduced the number of police officers and firefighters on the streets.
Granted, I do question some of the expenditures still in the budget - such as the large number of take-home cars for city employees, and the barely-used swimming pool shuttles. But even if these flaws were taken care of - and I hope they will be -- the belt-tightening would still be necessary.
Like any CEO, Mayor Abramson has to make tough decisions and every time he does, there will be people who won't like the call. For example, nobody, including the mayor, wants the community swimming pools closed, but when money is extremely limited, difficult and sometimes unpopular choices have to be made. He's a guy who understands the difference between leading and pandering to the voters. He knows that when money is tight, swimming pools are a discretionary expense.
I'm glad Louisville has a Mayor who is willing to make the tough calls. That's exactly what we put him in office to do.