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Politics
3:10 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Council GOP Highlight Rising Cost of Louisville Taxes, Fees

Metro Council Republicans speaking out against Mayor Greg Fischer's LG&E fee
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Louisville Metro Council Republicans rallied this morning against Democratic Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed ordinance to add a fee to LG&E’s natural gas rates.

The mayor had proposed a 3 percent fee that would be applied to some resident's utility bills in order to pay for more public safety in response to downtown violence. The proposal comes up for a vote at tonight's Metro Council meeting.

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Local News
1:52 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer's Gas Tax Would Cost JCPS

A Jeffeson County Public School board meeting
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed franchise fee on natural gas could have a significant impact on the Jefferson County Public School system, district officials told WFPL.

If a fee is approved by the Metro Council at Thursday's meeting, the school district may see an additional cost of nearly $120,000 per year, according to a statement from the district’s chief financial officer, Cordelia Hardin.

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Politics
3:54 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

5 Louisville Council Democrats to Watch Ahead of LG&E Fee Vote

Louisville City Hall
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The overwhelming opposition to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed LG&E fee is forcing Metro Council leaders to find a compromise ahead of Thursday's vote.

As WFPL News reported earlier this week, a vast majority of the citizens weighing in on the proposed fee have been against the idea. Hundreds have lodged their complaints with lawmakers and the mayor's office.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Louisville Residents Slam Mayor’s LG&E Fee

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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A review of the city’s information hotline and e-mails to the Metro Council found an overwhelming majority of Louisville residents are in opposition the Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed LG&E fee hike.

City lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on an ordinance that would attach to Metro Government's deal with the utility company a 3 percent increase on natural gas. This would trickle down to residents in Metro Louisville, but not incorporated cities.

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Politics
5:35 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Greater Louisville Inc. Opposes Mayor Greg Fischer's LG&E Fee

Greater Louisville Inc.

Calling Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed LG&E franchise fee a "burdensome tax" Greater Louisville Inc. is urging its business members to oppose the idea ahead of a key vote.

The mayor wants a 3 percent fee on natural gas in order to generate a net worth of $4.8 million, which will go towards a more public safety spending.

According to Fischer's office the gas fee would add about $20 per year to an average household's bill.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Does Mayor Greg Fischer's Proposed Capital Budget Stiff Louisville's East End?

The Fourth Street streetscape would get funding in Mayor Greg Fischer's capital budget proposal.
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal has $63.7 million slated for capital spending, a 60 percent increase compared to last year.

But some Metro Council members are crying foul over the lack of funding for needed projects in the city's East End, which has experienced the greatest  population growth in recent years.

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Politics
2:07 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

Council Republicans Plan to Contest Louisville Mayor's 'New Tax'

Councilman Kevin Kramer, R-11, says the GOP plans to oppose Mayor Fischer's LG&E franchise fee

A majority of the Louisville Metro Council praised Mayor Greg Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal for investments in public safety, capitol projects and infrastructure.

But Republican lawmakers who pushed for more police officers in past budgets say they oppose the proposed 3 percent LG&E franchise fee as a "new tax" by the Fischer administration.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Proposes LG&E Fee to Fund 'Significant' Public Safety Increase

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is proposing a franchise fee on LG&E that will be passed on to customers in his new budget, which would be used to strengthen the police force and expand youth development programs.

Fischer is putting in $6.8 million in additional revenue for law enforcement agencies and preventative measures in this spending plan.

That's just part of the spending plan the mayor unveiled to the Metro Council on Thursday, which includes for infrastructure, park maintenance, and Metro Government facilities.

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Local News
4:39 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Louisville Council Republicans Want to Toss Ban on Plastic Bags for Yard Waste

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The members of the Louisville Metro Council Republican caucus plan to fight back against a proposed ban on using plastic bags to store yard waste.

In a unanimous vote, the Metro Solid Waste Board voted this week to require yard waste for pickup to be placed in bins or compostable containers

Supporters argue it is a needed measure to help the environment, but the nine-member GOP caucus called it an illegitimate decision made by an unelected board.

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Politics
10:52 am
Wed April 30, 2014

City Taking Over GLI's Role Under Louisville Mayor's Reorganization Plan

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
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The city is taking over the day-to-day economic development role of Greater Louisville Inc. under Mayor Greg Fischer's reorganization plan.

It's a change that will significantly scale back Metro Government's relationship with the local chamber of commerce, which has been plagued by internal strife, financial woes and organizational troubles over the past year.

Saying the city needs a unified job creation approach, Fischer announced "Louisville Forward" Wednesday morning. 

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