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Gift card purchases made by the Louisville Metro Council have ignited a new round of audits and raised more questions about discretionary spending, but members of the Democratic caucus say the practice is justifiable.

Records show council Democrats are doing most of the spending with Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5, leading the pack with $1,550 spent on gift cards over three years, some of which went to residents in a raffle contest.

The Kentucky state constitution prohibits cities from using public funds for gifts under any circumstances and outside experts have likened the practice to “handing out cash.”

Many Democrats have defended the use of gift cards, however, saying it is easy to “nickel and dime” Metro government but the gift cards are used in a way to get people involved with their neighborhood

And Democratic caucus spokesperson Tony Hyatt says members are concerned that reports of council purchases are being exaggerated.

“I won’t say that everyone thinks it’s blown out of proportion because everyone welcomes scrutiny, but there are several council members who believe that do you not expect people to operate their office or interact with constituents in the community with this kind of scrutiny,” he says. “There’s been more concern that we’re making more of this an issue than it actually is.” [click to continue…]

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