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WHAS 11: Metro Parks Spent $600k On New Mowers by stateofthecommonwealth
February 25, 2009, 5:27 pm
Filed under: Louisville Metro Government, Media, OCP News

WHAS 11 aired a whopper of a story last night, that Louisville Metro Parks spent over $600,000 on new mowers last year, just before spending cuts were announced by Mayor Abramson in December. Here’s the full story (you can watch video of the story by following the link above to WHAS 11):

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) – WHAS11 News has learned that as Louisville Mayor Abramson was closing Otter Creek Park to save a half million dollars, the Metro Parks Department was spending more than that on new lawn mowers.

It’s your tax dollars, and critics are saying its misplaced priorities.

But the parks department says the mowers are a great deal for taxpayers for the future.

The parks department says the fancy new lawn mowers are more efficient and were purchased just before the price went way up.

But spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawn mowers in tough budget times has got some folks flabbergasted:

You’ll be seeing these all-in-one Toro lawn mowers on Louisville’s public golf courses this summer.  The metro parks department bought eight of these new mowers last fall to replace the old tractor and pull behind blades currently being used.

Those eight faster, easier mowers were purchased last October.  The total cost was $507,000.  The next month, in November, metro parks purchased nine of these tractor pulled blade mowers which are designed to bushhog and cut high grass.  Total cost on those was $96,000.  More than $600,000 spent on new mowers just as Mayor Abramson was announcing a huge budget shortfall and millions in spending cuts.

Nowhere in the parks department’s capital budget is there any mention of cash for new mowers.  Storch says that’s because the money is coming out of metro government’s depreciation account.  Councilman Downard still wonders how the mower purchases will sit with city workers who face four mandatory furlough days without pay.

And yes, it is true, that $600,000 price tag on the new mowers is about $100,000 more than metro government expects to save by closing Otter Creek Park.  Downard says that’s one less park to mow with more lawnmowers.

One minor note about this story: Louisville Metro only predicted to save on the order of $180,000 for this fiscal year by closing Otter Creek Park, so the $500,000 figure cited in the story is a bit misleading. Louisville may save $500,000 in the next fiscal year if OCP remains closed, but closing OCP also ended a revenue stream, as well the potential for more. Either way, spending $600,000 during a recession on lawnmowers that, no matter how nice they are, will depreciate is not what we’d call fiscal responsibility.

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Friends of Otter Creek Park Petition Now Available Online! by stateofthecommonwealth
February 4, 2009, 4:28 pm
Filed under: Friends of Otter Creek Park News, Meetings, Reader Contributions

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We apologize for the delay in making petition forms available online, but they’re finally here! Click on the following link to open the petition form as a JPEG:

https://saveottercreekpark.wordpress.com/?attachment_id=168

Once the JPEG is open on your computer, all you have to do is just print it out!

Please bring any signatures you collect to the next Friends of Otter Creek Park meeting (date and time to be announced shortly). And please be sure to ask signers to print their information CLEARLY and LEGIBLY. Thanks!



Power’s Been Out – Back Soon by stateofthecommonwealth
February 3, 2009, 4:32 pm
Filed under: Friends of Otter Creek Park News

We apologize for the lack of updates on the site, but obviously things have been a bit hectic since last week’s ice storm. We’ve got power back and will have more updates soon. Thanks for being patient!