Council Members Renege on Furlough Promise
LOUISVILLE, KY - Last spring several members of Louisville's Metro Council said they would voluntarily give up a portion of their paycheck and participate in a city employee furlough program designed to balance the city's budget.
But records obtained by The Courier-Journal show that several of those council members reneged on their promise to go on furloughs.
Nine Democrats and nine Republicans publicly announced their intention to take unpaid time off, and six others did not participate. Of those who said they would, six took no unpaid time off at all and five others took less than five days.
Most of the council members who reneged said they thought the money would be removed from their paychecks automatically or didn't know how to make it work.