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CJ's Klepal investigates council food purchases

CJ's Klepal investigates council food purchases

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 11 at 10:16 PM

Under increased scrutiny for how it spends other discretionary funds, the Louisville Metro Council's food and drink purchases are the focus of an investigation in Sunday's Courier-Journal.

City Hall reporter Dan Klepal details how some council members have dipped into their office accounts to buy food and drink for constituents, sometimes during election cycles.

"... in the past 3 1/2 years, Louisville Metro Council members have spent more than $110,000 buying groceries and catering meals for district holiday parties, festivals, community meetings and other events — with no oversight or review by the full Metro Council."

The article quotes Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer as saying it is "inexcusable" for council members to spend public dollars on food for voters during an election.

In an interview with WHAS11 News on Wednesday, Council President Jim King expressed concern about council members spending tax dollars to buy tickets for banquets or charity galas.  King has already initiated a review of how members spend from their office accounts, which include a public relations component.

"We're supporting charitable organizations, but frankly the council member may be attending and taking their friends and family, and I have to question that," said Jim King (D) after a Louisville Forum debate on the NDF funds.
 
"Buy your own ticket instead of taking your family or your friends," said Councilman Kelly Downard (R).


 

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