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… Continue reading Merger 2.0 Task Force Requests More Data
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.
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… Continue reading Abramson Says Transition Will Be Smooth, Anticipates Urban Services Extension
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.
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.
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… Continue reading In Louisville, Suburban Dollars Fund Urban Services