Louisville Metro Council District 4
Duties: The legislative authority of Louisville Metro is vested in the Metro Council and includes the power to: Enact ordinances, orders, and resolutions, and override a veto of the mayor by a two—thirds (2/3) majority of the membership of the legislative council; Review the budgets of and appropriate money to the consolidated local government; Adopt a budget Levy taxes, subject to the limitations of the Constitution and the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; Establish standing and temporary committees; and Make independent audits and investigations concerning the affairs of the consolidated local government.Terms: There are twenty-six (26) Metro Council districts. One Council member is elected by each district. The terms are four (4) years and staggered with half of the districts being elected every two (2) years.Qualifications: A Metro Council member must be at least eighteen (18) years old, a qualified voter, and a resident of Louisville and the district that he or she seeks to represent for at least one (1) year immediately prior to election. A Council member shall continue to reside within the district form which elected throughout term of office.
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What recommendations are you prepared to make to members of the Metro Council regarding ways to promote a more just community for people of color in Louisville?
What if anything can Metro Council and the mayor do to instill a sense of trust in our police department?
What additional strategies/recommendations do you suggest addressing the local and state-wide budget shortfall in the upcoming legislative session?
What do you see as the greatest challenge for Louisville at this time?
Simmons College of Kentucky Professor
The phrase "people of color" is a throwaway label that does not address any specific group, so this response will be for specific ethnic groups in Louisville who are not white.
Black Louisville (23.5% of the city population) needs an official, city supported, black agenda to address the centuries of mistreatment we have suffered via government. From slavery to segregation, we have significant problems that have never been addressed. Latino Louisville (5.4% of the city population) needs more accessibility that others often take for granted including jobs, media, and education that does not have language barriers. Asian Louisville (2.7% of the city population) and Native Louisville (0.1% of the city population) need better government representation to speak to their needs.
We should defund the police department by at least half to put those dollars towards other community programs such as counselling, teen re-engagement centers, and wealth-building for impoverished neighborhoods. If LMPD is in need of more funding they should earn it through reaching measurable goals set forth by our community.
Louisville needs more liberty to generate revenue in ways that work for us as a city. We economically drive the rest of the state and should be rewarded for doing so. Our local elected officials should be working side-by-side with state officials to make this happen.
We are a reflection of the America that refuses to see itself — the good, the bad, and the ugly.
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