Abramson Eying New Ways To Cut Budget

by Gabe Bullard on May 21, 2009

AbramsonLouisville Mayor Jerry Abramson has been meeting with city employee unions to find ways to cut costs for the next Metro Government budget.

Abramson says the new budget will carry over the more than $22 million in cuts made during the current fiscal year.

In addition, a state Labor Cabinet ruling in a dispute over the city’s take home car program could cost Metro Government another $1.4 million.

Abramson says flat or negative revenue growth is almost guaranteed. He’s in talks with the firefighter’s union now to find ways to save money.

“We have one of the unions at the bargaining table now,” he says. “The contract is open for one of them and I have asked the unions to participate and join with us in helping to resolve this difficulty and have not received a great deal of support.”

Abramson says everything is on the table for the next budget, including layoffs, service cuts and furloughs. He’ll unveil the new budget proposal on May 28th.

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Vickie Stephens May 22, 2009 at 11:36 am

What happened to the anonymous tip line for Metro Government employees to report fraud and abuse as recommended by State Auditor Crit Luallen? No one knows better than the employees where the waste and extravagance is in government. Why not start the cutting at the top instead of the bottom, Mr. Mayor?

Gabe Bullard May 22, 2009 at 1:58 pm

The ordinance has passed the Metro Council. Since the line will be run by a third party, there will be a bidding process for companies that operate tip lines.

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