Public speaks out on proposed LG&E fee, other issues at Council meeting


by WHAS editors

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Updated Thursday, May 29 at 8:52 AM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Mayor Fischer asked the public what they thought of his proposed budget on Wednesday night and they answered.

The mayor wants to add a three percent fee to the natural gas portion of Louisville residents' LG&E bills.

The estimated $4.8 million raised in the gas tax would fund the hiring of 24 additional police officers and youth development programs.

The mayor said the community is demanding better police protection downtown after roving bands of teenagers terrorized Louisville on March 22.

The mob violence sent six people to the hospital and unsettled the community

The police proposal is just one element of the $750 million spending plan.

Other line items include:

  • $6 million to continue paving bike lanes and street improvements.
  • $581,000 to make the Louisville Slugger Field baseball surface compatible for a professional soccer team.
  • $100,000 in tree plantings.

The hike would equal around $20 a year for most families and not everyone was happy about the proposals.

It would not apply in suburban cities such as Jeffersontown or St. Matthews.

Metro Council will vote on the budget next month.