District 9 eNews - Thursday, February 7, 2019


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Councilman Bill Hollander
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Louisville’s Budget

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Metro Council begins each year by electing a new President, who then appoints committee chairs and vice-chairs.

President David James has again appointed me to serve as the Chair of the Budget Committee, on which I have served for the last three years and which I chaired last year.

This year, the budget promises to be extraordinarily challenging, given the significant increase in pension obligations we are obliged to pay because of a change in assumptions imposed by the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. Last year, our pension obligations increased by $9.4 Million. The increase will be bigger this year and within five years will be $50 Million or so higher each year than when the assumptions were changed. That's a $50 Million annual new bill which we must pay, while continuing to fund police, fire, ambulances, parks, libraries, street maintenance and all of the other services Metro provides.

Louisville's revenues are not growing fast enough to pay the pension bill from Frankfort without additional revenue, massive cuts in Metro services or a combination of the two.

As we continue to work on the budget, we invite you to join us for a D9 Community Conversation on the subject beginning at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, February 27 at Whitehall House and Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road.

You can also let me know your thoughts anytime by calling 574-1109 or emailing me here.

Road Safety Survey for Clifton & Crescent Hill

The Clifton and Crescent Hill Community Councils are seeking information about potential problems and specific trouble spots from neighbors in the Clifton and Crescent Hill neighborhoods. They want to make the community safer for you and your families.

A joint committee from both neighborhoods will analyze the results of the survey and then work with neighbors, my office, and Metro and State agencies on possible changes and actions.

Your input is very valuable, so please take a few minutes to participate in this brief, anonymous survey.

Please click here to take the survey.  

2019 Empower West City-Wide Book Read – Feb. 7

Empower West

Dr. Erica Dunbar, author of Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave Ona Judge, will be in Louisville today, February 7. There are two events in D9.

Session 1 is a “Chat With the Author” from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on February 7 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 330 North Hubbards Lane. The lunchtime event will be a conversation with the author as well as with Speed Stodghill and the Rev. Whit Stodghill about what it is like for white people to become conscious of their family’s historical connections to slavery. Tickets for this lecture are free. However, you can purchase lunch in advance for $15. Lunch will be provided by Taziki’s Mediterranean, buffet-style with beef, chicken and vegetarian options.

Session 2 is a “Conversation with the Author” from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue.

Both events are free and open to the public but registrations are required. You can register for the luncheon by clicking here and for the evening conversation by clicking here.

Sustainability (and Equality) Story: Take a Day and Ride the Bus

Take a Ride on the Bus

Throughout the month of February, TARC will save a seat on every bus in honor of Rosa Parks, and her contribution to the Civil Rights movement.

TARC is encouraging everyone within the region this month to take a day out from their schedule and ride the bus. In recognition of Black History month, TARC will highlight additional regionally-historic African Americans who came before and the many who continued the movement after Rosa Parks’ courageous act.

We’d like to feature your sustainability story - a resident or business doing good things for the environment.  Riding the bus, bicycling, walking, gardening and more - our eNews will feature practices which can benefit all of us.  Send your story to Bill Hollander or Kyle Ethridge.

PSC Hearing on LG&E Rate Increase

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has scheduled a public hearing in Louisville, as it considers a rate increase request from LG&E. (Case number 2018-00295)

The information session and hearing is Thursday, February 21st, 5:30 p.m., at Jefferson Community & Technical College (JCTC), Health Sciences Auditorium, 110 W Chestnut St. In Louisville. A 5:30 p.m. information session will be followed by public comments at 6:30 p.m.

LG&E has asked for a rate increase, to be applied in the fixed meter charge rather than in the usage. That means you cannot decrease the charge by conservation.  Many people believe high fixed charges also negatively impact lower-income people.

Read more about the LG&E proposal in this WDRB article - and mark your calendar for the February 21 meeting.

Notice of Planning & Design Public Meetings

For basic details for all of below case/s please visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/PlanningDesign/. Click on “Search Case Information” link on the left navigation bar. Then select the “home” tab and select the type of case and enter the above case number.

You can also click on the image below to go to the application page, although the page may be slow to load.

For specific case information please call or email the listed case manager. If you have any questions please contact Planning & Design directly at 574-6230.


Tax Preparation Appointments Available


My office is partnering with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) to provide FREE tax preparation services again in 2019. The service is FREE if you earned $64,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2018 or if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call the appointment line today to see if you qualify and make your appointment! Appointments are available every Friday through the end of tax season between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 S. State Street, in Clifton. Please call the appointment line at 502-305-0005 to make an appointment or visit https://louisvillekyvita.cascheduler.com and please share this with anyone you think may be eligible. You may also call the D9 office at 574-3908. Click here to view brochure.

Tax assistance is also available through AARP at Clifton Christian Church, 131 Vernon Avenue, on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. This site will run through April 10. This location helps low and moderate income taxpayers with an Adjusted Gross Income of $60,000 or less, with special attention to those 60 years of age or older. Please note that sites will shut off their sign-in list when the expected maximum number of clients have been registered for that day. Early arrival is suggested. Also note that new returns cannot be started during the last hour scheduled for the site. Call 502-394-3443 to confirm site hours and find out if the registration list is filled for the day in question.

Do you instead file your own taxes? Through the LABC website there are two options to self-file online. The “Turbo Tax Freedom Edition” is available if you have $33,000 or less in income. The software has a well-designed interview process that guides you through the process of making decisions about your filing status, inputting your income and making decisions about deductions and tax credits for which you may qualify. The other option is “My Free Taxes”, which is available if you make $64,000 or less. This program is developed by H&R Block and uses an interview process. Please visit, https://labcservices.org/index.php/free-tax-help/free-online-tax-filing, for more information.

Valentine’s Dinner at Whitehall & Gardens – Feb. 14


Whitehall will host its ninth annual Valentine’s Dinner on Thursday, February 14, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. inside its historic mansion at 3110 Lexington Road. Whether you are in search of a romantic dinner for two or simply a fun way to celebrate the holiday with a group of good friends, this event presents a perfect evening of dining and elegance. Served by candlelight inside the beautifully appointed Whitehall mansion, the Valentine’s dinner features a delicious 4-course feast prepared by Chef Gregoire Guiot of Mirabelle Gourmet Catering.

Ticket cost is $80/person for 4-course dinner or $100/person for 4-course dinner with wine. Reservations are required and are available for parties of two or for groups of up to ten guests. Parties of two will be seated at private 2-top tables. Entrée selection must be made at the time of ticket purchase. $45/ticket is tax deductible; includes valet parking.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Whitehall at (502) 897-2944 or whitehall@historichomes.org. Tickets may also be purchased via Whitehall’s website at www.HistoricWhitehall.org.

Signup for a Hard Hat Tour of the Botanical Gardens Site

Waterfront Botanical Gardens

Join in for a hard hat tour of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens site and get an update on the project. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. It is windier on the site than at street level. In case of downpour, tours will be rescheduled. To register for this free tour, please visit the online store at waterfrontgardens.org. Space is limited.

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District 9 Calendar Events

Below are some Ninth District calendar events!  To view a full listing of events please visit the District 9 Blog at http://district9news.wordpress.com/. If you would like to submit events to be considered for the blog calendar please email Kyle Ethridge or call 574-1109.

Thursday, February 7: Crescent Hill Community Council Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Peterson-Dumesnil House, 301 S. Peterson Avenue. Meeting is open to the public.

Thursday, February 7: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Brian Haara to learn about bourbon history and law at 7:00 p.m. For more information about the author visit brianhaara.com. Questions, please call the store at 896-6950.

Thursday, February 7 – Saturday, February 9: Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Avenue, Valentine’s Day sale for three-days. 20% off everything you can fit into one shopping baskets. Also, check out the special bargain table with items already discounted by 50%, and if they fit in the basket save an additional 20%. Questions, please call the store at 897-7319.

Friday, February 8: Did you earn $64,000 or less in Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in 2018? If the answer is yes, you might qualify for FREE tax preparation! The 9th District has partnered again with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition to provide FREE VITA tax preparation to anyone making $64,000 or less. To make an appointment or for more information, please call 305-0005 or the D9 office at 574-3908. Appointments are available between 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at United Crescent Hill Ministries, located at 150 S State Street.

Friday, February 8: Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Avenue, to host a Community Shopping Night to benefit Eastern Area Community Ministries from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 15% of all sales will be donated. Questions, please call the store at 897-7319.

Friday, February 8: Carmichael's Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, to host Pat McDonogh, Bill Luster and C. Thomas Hardin to discuss Muhammad Ali, an intimate look at the life and times of Louisville's most famous son, through the eyes of the Courier-Journal staff, and Kentucky, a love letter to the state, its people and places and the travels of the photo staff of the Courier-Journal at 7:00 p.m. Questions, please call the store at 896-6950.

Saturday, February 9: Citizen Forester 101 Training from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at ELA House in Chickasaw, 3835 Hale Avenue. Learn how to plant trees and lead volunteers. $25 registration fee. Register for training online at tinyurl.com/ChickasawCF101Training.

Saturday, February 9: Crescent Hill Library, 2762 Frankfort Avenue, to host an adult book discussion at 10:30 a.m. Plan to discuss Born a Crime by Trevor Noah Books. Questions, please contact the library at 574-1793.

Saturday, February 9: Just Creations, 2722 Frankfort Avenue, to host a Seeds of Love event from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Create a one-of-a-kind valentine from tagua nuts from Ecuador. Also enjoy special pricing during the event. Questions, please call the store at 897-7319.

Tuesday, February 12: Bellarmine's Emergency Response Team, Bellarmine Association of Nursing Students & Louisville Metro Emergency Services presents Hands-Only CPR from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Bellarmine University in Frazier Hall, 2001 Newburg Road.

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