At least one council member has asked the mayor to cut the $175,000 total that members can allocate each year. However, other council members have pushed to give the Office of Management and Budget oversight of each grant rather than cut the funds.
Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh supports the latter option. She says her colleagues who hope to cut the funds represent wealthier districts that can function without city grants to pave sidewalks or fund community groups.
The Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee learned the ramifications of tapping the city’s rainy day fund at Tuesday’s meeting. The council is considering using the fund to finance payments to firefighters in a settlement over miscalculated overtime.
Louisville Metro Councilman Tom Owen won the council presidency Thursday. Owen is calling for civil debate in what could be a contentious year in the council.
Louisville Metro Councilwoman Marianne Butler says she will seek the council presidency.