Lousville Metro Council http://wfpl.org en State Sen. Julie Denton Hopes to Bring 'Integrity' to Louisville Metro Council http://wfpl.org/post/state-sen-julie-denton-hopes-bring-integrity-louisville-metro-council <p>Saying she wants to bring integrity to City Hall, Republican state Sen. Julie Denton is forgoing re-election to run for Louisville Metro Council next year.</p><p>The surprise move means the longtime state lawmaker is leaving the GOP-controlled Senate, where she currently chairs the chamber’s Health and Welfare Committee, for a council dominated by Democrats.</p><p>"I've tried to play well with both sides of the aisle in both chambers while in Frankfort. I've never been a chairman who decided what bills are going to be heard based upon who the support of the bill was," says Denton. "If somebody's got good public policy I think we need to be moving that forward."</p><p>Joined by a handful of council Republicans who are supporting Denton's early bid, she is running on a platform to bring transparency and accountability to Metro Government.</p><p>Asked about the council's <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/barbara-shanklin-louisville-metro-council-let-me-regain-your-trust">public image in the aftermath of the Barbara Shanklin removal trial</a>, Denton says it was an unfortunate moment in council history that has put a "dark cloud" over the chamber.</p><p>"I wasn't there to hear the testimony and only read what was on the news. But based on the fact the majority found her guilty I found it surprising that she wasn't removed," she says.</p><p>Denton will be running for the seat currently held by Councilman Jerry Miller, who is leaving the council at the end of his term to make a bid for the state House next year. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:31:29 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6771 at http://wfpl.org State Sen. Julie Denton Hopes to Bring 'Integrity' to Louisville Metro Council Audit Finds Poor Documentation of Council Discretionary Funds http://wfpl.org/post/audit-finds-poor-documentation-council-discretionary-funds <p>An internal audit has found half of the grant from the Louisville Metro Council lacked sufficient documentation to determine if the discretionary funds were spent as intended.</p><p>Last year, Council President Jim King, D-10, ordered the review in the wake of the ethics controversy involving former Councilwoman Judy Green, who was booted from office over misuse of Neighborhood Development Funds.</p><p>The audit looked at 117 grants over the past two fiscal years totaling more $1.9 million in taxpayer dollars and found no wrongdoing. However, it showed the majority of the council&rsquo;s Neighborhood Development Funds had missing proof of payment, unallowable expenditures or poor documentation to account for the grants.</p><p>&quot;The audit was difficult to conduct in that there was a lack of monitoring in place prior to the new administration being there,&quot; says Internal Auditor Ingram Quick, adding the lack of documentation of the grants is troubling.</p><p>Among the findings are approximately $238,000 of expenditures in which proof of payment was not provided to the city. It also found inconsistencies and a vague criteria for non-profit groups receiving city funds, including over $6,500 in funds that were spent out of compliance with Metro Government rules.</p><div><p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 21:12:46 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 822 at http://wfpl.org