River City Drum Corps http://wfpl.org en Governor's Awards Recognize Four Louisville Arts Leaders http://wfpl.org/post/governors-awards-recognize-four-louisville-arts-leaders <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This year's recipients of the Governor's Awards in the Arts include four Louisville individuals or organizations.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:41:42 +0000 Gabe Bullard 6081 at http://wfpl.org Governor's Awards Recognize Four Louisville Arts Leaders Council Approves City Budget After Contentious Debate Over Whiskey Row Funding http://wfpl.org/post/council-approves-city-budget-after-contentious-debate-over-whiskey-row-funding <p>The Louisville Metro Council passed a city budget for the upcoming fiscal year Thursday, but not before a contentious debate about the Whiskey Row development.</p><p>Mayor Greg Fischer submitted a spending plan that included a $500,000 allocation for private developers&mdash;among them philanthropist Christy Brown, the widow of former chairman of the Brown-Forman Corp, Owsley Brown II&mdash;to restore the historic string of buildings along West Main Street.</p><p>The mayor had proposed using the money to create a revolving fund to help restore historic properties beginning with Whiskey Row, but a bipartisan group of council members argued Metro Government had already provided investors with a $1.5 million forgivable loan for the project.</p><p>The <a href="/post/budget-committee-approves-city-spending-plan-upcoming-fiscal-year">budget committee approved language in the ordinance on Wednesday that required developers to reimburse the city $1 million</a> if the Whiskey Row buildings were later sold. But Fischer&#39;s office argued it was an unprecedented step by the council that could jeopardize the original agreement.</p><p>Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, introduced an amendment to take that wording out of the final ordinance, but allow lawmakers to hold the money until Fischer renegotiates the deal. &nbsp;She says lawmakers unfairly tied the mayor&#39;s hands to negotiate.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m asking you to allow the mayor do his job and negotiate a deal, and when he brings it over if you don&#39;t like it then don&#39;t vote for it,&quot; she said. &quot;Let&#39;s debate it at that time because we&#39;re not doing it tonight. This really isn&#39;t about debating the merits of rich folks spending money on preservation or not. If anything, this is a power and money grab by the Metro Council.&quot;</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 02:16:31 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 746 at http://wfpl.org