Metro council wants audit done on past grants


by Anna Prendergast

Posted on March 16, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 16 at 11:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-  An audit is underway, looking at specific Metro Council grants. It was all triggered because of the controversy surrounding Councilwoman Judy Green.

Metro Councilwoman Judy Green walked into Wednesday night’s meeting about 20 minutes after the meeting started. 

Green listened as the city's internal auditor and chief financial officer addressed the council's Accountability and Ethics Committee, which Green is not on. 

The discussion was on an audit being done on the neighborhood development grants that are distributed by council members.

The plan is to audit grants from the last two years that were more than $5,000. Green spoke up and wanted the committee to expand the audit.

 “I know we are looking at the grants for the last two years I would suggest going back four years,” said Green.

Councilwoman and Chair of the Ethics Committee Tina Ward-Pugh says the decision to do the audit mainly revolves around councilwoman Green and the allegations that she mishandled neighborhood development grants through a summer jobs program. 

Allegations against Green also include nepotism and a bribe from a liquor store owner.

Green is not facing criminal charges but will go in front of Metro Ethics Commission. 

The harshest penalty she can get is a $500 fine. Councilwoman Ward-Pugh says she is not making any judgments until she sees the facts, but she did say there are two ways to get a council member removed.     

“If there are five council members willing to sign a petition or the mayor is willing to sign a petition to bring charges,” said Ward-Pugh.

WHAS11 tried to talk to Councilwoman Green after Wednesday night’s meeting, but she had no comment.