This Sunday is the first that many Metro Louisville libraries will be closed. The closures are part of the budget cuts Mayor Jerry Abramson made to shore up a $20 million shortfall.
To further save money, one aquatic center will close on Sundays, Otter Creek Park will close indefinitely and several capital projects will be delayed. Also, community centers will be closed tomorrow and every Monday going forward. Metro Parks spokesperson Jason Cissell says the department either had to close two centers, or adjust hours across-the-board.
“The way to work this out with our union was to make an across the board decision was going to be the most effective way to implement this change and achieve these savings,” he says. “Monday was the day that, looking at the programming and service, made the most sense.”
The service cuts are expected to save the city about $3.4 million.