When the going gets tough, the weak get sent packing. Or so it would seem from the Metro Council’s list of local government functions that aren’t “Mission Critical.”
When citizens really look at what their tax dollars are paying for, they might share the sentiment of Metro Council members who responded to a survey by saying there are certain areas we could really do without and still keep the government running. The list below ranks city functions by priorities — it doesn’t mean that swimming pools are closing, and these are simply suggestions for the Mayor when it inevitably comes time to cut items from the city budget.
Essentially, they’re saying this — If push comes to shove, swimming pools and Brightside and GLI and the Louisville Science Center are not vital to the city’s future. Here’s the text of a memo sent by Jim King to the Mayor, outlining areas that could be targeted for future cuts.
In cooperation with David Tandy, Councilman Downard and I prepared a listing of 44 agencies/functions within Metro Louisville and asked all Council Members if they believed the function to be Mission Critical (a critical function of City Government). Additionally, we asked them to rank the 44 agencies/functions in priority order. We received 19 out of 26 surveys and averaged the results. After analyzing the information, we believe this reflects the will of the Council for the FY10 general fund appropriation priorities.
The following functional areas/departments did not receive consensus (2/3) support as being mission critical to the role of Metro Louisville and we therefore believe they should be considered for budget cuts:
- Swimming Pools
- International Affairs
- Downtown Development Corporation (DDC)
- Housing Trust Fund
- Criminal Justice Commission
- Waterfront Development
- Park Land Acquisition
- Human Relations Commission
- Greater Louisville Inc. Contract
- Parking Authority of River City
- Quality Community Charity Trust (QCCT)
- Youth Development
- Louisville Science Center
- Community Centers