Louisville CFO Steve Rowland http://wfpl.org en Amid Financial Woes, Mayor Greg Fischer Appoints City CFO to Arena Authority Board http://wfpl.org/post/amid-financial-woes-mayor-greg-fischer-appoints-city-cfo-arena-authority-board <p>Mayor Greg Fischer has appointed the city's chief financial officer to the Louisville Arena Authority Board amid growing concerns about the financial stability of the KFC Yum Center in downtown.</p><p>The mayor named Steve Rowland to the board on Wednesday, giving the CFO a voting position. Fischer believes the CFO will help the arena authority have a broader view of city operations and related financial projections.</p><p>"There’s no doubt the KFC Yum Center is a shining star and the envy of other cities," Fischer said in a statement. "At the same time, the city’s financial responsibility to the bondholders is a significant expense in the city budget. Additionally, revenues from the tax-increment financing district supporting the arena have not performed to the original projections."</p><p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:59:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4240 at http://wfpl.org Fischer Not Interested in Privatizing Parking http://wfpl.org/post/fischer-not-interested-privatizing-parking <p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has resisted offers to privatize the city&#39;s parking despite pressure from out-of-town companies.</p><p>The mayor is selling two downtown garages for $10.7 million to the Parking Authority of River City to help balance the budget. But PARC is a quasi-government agency that operates several downtown lots and garages for Metro Government.</p><p>Council members have questioned why those properties are being sold to a city agency and not put up for competitive bid to potentially gain more for the structures.</p><p>Louisville Chief Financial Officer Steve Rowland says the city has had several offers to privatize parking since Fischer took office, but the administration isn&#39;t interested.</p><p>&quot;If we were to sell all our parking garages to the private sector, we would lose control over what the rates would be and we would possibly drive out over time businesses out of the downtown area because parking is a key cost to their employees,&quot; he says.</p><p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:42:02 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 541 at http://wfpl.org Fischer Not Interested in Privatizing Parking