Metro councilman proposes Mayor Fischer disclose high-cost entertainment expenses

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Council members are considering a new proposal that would require Mayor Greg Fischer to report who the city is entertaining at certain events.

The ordinance was discussed at length by a Metro Council committee Tuesday night.

Councilman Brent Ackerson proposed the mayor's office should provide details when more than $10,000 is spent on the entertainment of guests at an event. Ackerson said more than $100,000 of taxpayer money was spent to wine and dine special guests for this year's Kentucky Derby.

"If we're going to be spending money on lavish parties and events such as Derby, Millionaire's Row tickets, hotel rooms and other things ... I think the public has a right to know as much as possible about who we're spending that money on," Ackerson said. 

But economic development leaders stress the importance of privacy. They say the money is well-spent on guests who are considering business dealings in the city, creating new jobs and revenue.

The committee didn't take a vote on the ordinance.

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