Metro Council passes 2 percent LG&E fee, heads to mayor for signature

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by WHAS editors

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 12:05 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- On Thursday, Louisville's Metro Council passed an ordinance to allow the mayor to have a franchise fee on resident's LG&E bills.

The Council passed the ordinance 12-10, with one abstaining and three others not voting. The ordinance will allow Mayor Greg Fischer to add a fee to the natural gas portion of LG&E bills, but only up to a two percent increase, instead of the initial three percent he was asking.

"This is a great day for public safety in Louisville. The vote is a strategic investment in our city that will put more police officers on the street and increase programs for youth while benefitting our entire community," Fischer said. "Citizens made clear their desire for enhanced public safety and additional investments in youth programs following the March 22 violence. This small fee, which for an average family is $1 per month, will help us continue to have a safe city for residents and visitors."

Some Louisville Metro Council members were fired up over the Mayor's proposed franchise fee resulting in a hike in residents' LG&E bills.

The three percent increase on the natural gas portion of your bill would mean about $20 a year for the average family. The passed two percent increase will increase bills between $12 and $18 for the typical family.

The money is supposed to go toward more police officers for downtown after the teen mob attacks in April, after a new police substation was opened in downtown Louisville.

On Wednesday, a proposal for a compromise was made, but on Thursday, six republican council members said no, they want no increase.

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