Council To Consider e-Transparency Ordinance

by Rick Howlett on January 23, 2009

Two Louisville Metro Councilmen say they’ll propose an ordinance that would create a searchable database containing all Metro Government revenues and expenditures.

Republicans Hal Heiner and Ken Fleming say they’ll tap into their office expense funds to share the ten-thousand dollar cost of launching the so-called e-transparency initiative, with the expectation that Metro Government would operate the website.

Heiner says the ordinance will be introduced at the next Metro Council meeting Thursday.

“Thirty-five states have gone this way, even the us government is developing a searchable that’s available by state, by region,” Heiner said.

Also at the announcement were leaders of unions that represent many city workers.

They contend that they’ve had a difficult time recently obtaining budget information from the mayor’s office. But a mayor’s spokesperson disputes that claim, saying government data is readily available to all taxpayers, most of it on the city’s existing website.

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