Council Holds Second Public Hearing On Budget

By Rick Howlett

The Louisville Metro Council Budget Committee has held the second and final public hearing on Mayor Jerry Abramson’s proposed spending plan for the the next fiscal year.

The committee heard Thursday from representatives of non-profit organizations that provide various services for the community.

Jay Davison of the Healing Place, which helps the homeless deal with substance abuse, says funding for his organization is slashed by $150,000 in the proposed budget, just after it established a new facility for women and children in the Park Hill neighborhood.

“In six months since we opened the facility, women in need have come to us in numbers we never imagined. when we moved to the broadway location to the Park Hill location in November of ’09, we moved 90 women and children. Today we’re serving over 200,” he said.

The proposed budget assumes a slight uptick in revenue, but maintains most of the cuts in the current plan.

The full council will vote on it next Thursday.