urban services

Merger 2.0 Task Force Requests More Data

by Devin Katayama on July 27, 2011

The Louisville Merger 2.0 Task Force subcommittee on data and communications met on Wednesday and has asked for more information about Metro Government’s Urban Services District.

The task force was formed in January to review the 2003 merger between county and city governments. But because most cities still have separate taxes and separate services, this also means that the data is hard to collect.

“I think the collection of that kind of data and a central clearing house of that is probably something that’s needed–not just for the Urban Service District but all of Jefferson County,” said Jack Will of the Jefferson County League of Cities.

Some subcommittee members were concerned with the relationship between Louisville Metro and small cities in the county that have their own governments and tax systems. The subcommittee requested information about the amount of local agreements that Metro Government has had with other cities.

The subcommittee may want to consider the dependency of outside money within individual cities, said William O’Brien with the County Attorney’s office.

“There’s an invasion of that sovereignty, the ability to make your decisions. Because your decisions on whether you can provide something may be contingent on whether or not the other entity can provide money,” said O’Brien.

But Parkway Village Mayor Mary Rose Evans said it’s not uncommon to have a local agreement with other cities in the county.

The next subcommittee meeting is scheduled on Aug. 10. Results from the Merger 2.0 Task Force telephone survey are expected to be announced.

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First Merger 2.0 Public Hearing Is Tonight

by Gabe Bullard April 4, 2011

The task force was formed earlier this year to study what has and has not worked since the 2003 city-county merger. Two key issues are urban services and fire protection. Currently, residents of the old city pay higher taxes and receive extra services. The panel will likely figure out whether those services could reasonably extended to the suburbs, where they are currently provided by small cities or private companies.

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Abramson Says Transition Will Be Smooth, Anticipates Urban Services Extension

by Gabe Bullard December 27, 2010

Since merger, Louisville’s way of managing services such as garbage collection has been a frequent target of criticism. But outgoing Mayor Jerry Abramson says service delivery could change, if Louisvillians decide they want it to. The Urban Services District is made up of the old City of Louisville. Residents of that area pay an extra […]

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Owen Says Expanded Services Discussion May Come Next Year

by Gabe Bullard December 20, 2010

Louisville Metro Council President Tom Owen says while an expansion of city services into the suburbs didn’t happen on his watch, that doesn’t mean it’s out of the question.

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Owen Preparing To Create Committee On Expanding Urban Services

by Gabe Bullard July 19, 2010

Louisville Metro Council President Tom Owen says he will soon appoint a new committee. The ad hoc panel will be tasked with figuring out how to expand urban services to all of Louisville.

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In Louisville, Suburban Dollars Fund Urban Services

by Gabe Bullard January 21, 2010

Next month, the Metro Council will begin debating how to pay the final $30 million of the city’s settlement with firefighters over miscalculated overtime. The debt dates back to the pre-merger City of Louisville, and some council members want taxpayers in the old city, now called the Urban Services District, to pay it off. Others […]

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