In the May 27 meeting of the Louisville Board of Aldermen and Mayor, the board voted 3-2 in favor of funding a $1 million, 7,200 square foot townhall. The measure must be approved by a second vote at their June 9 meeting for it to take effect.
Mayor Geraldine Anderson said she’s always had a dream of building a facility that would house 300 people or less for activities and also with a small area for offices.
Anderson said while there is room for up to nine offices in the new plan, she didn’t think the office space had to be that large. “Maybe in 20 years we might have a need for it. I didn’t argue. I think we really need it, and I’ve always wanted a place people in the community could use for events and things. I think it’s going to be a wonderful thing,” she said.
Anderson, Alderman Steve Dixon and Vice Mayor Bob Gormley voted for the measure. Alderman Joe Gallagher and Alderman Rob Tingle voted against it.
“I’m one of the two who voted ‘No.’ I’m not satisfied with the plan,” Gallagher said.
Gallagher said half the $1 million for building the structure had almost been raised. The Thompson Foundation gave $250,000 provided the community match it. “The fundraising community says they’re on target to raise that, and the town is putting up $500,000.
Gallagher said he believes a 4,200 square feet building would be more in line with what is needed. He said he may yet vote in favor of the current plan. “I haven’t decided how I’ll vote,” he said.
Gallagher said he fears making more room for more employees could lead to more taxes. “They’re creating a situation where we’ll need property taxes,” he said. “People don’t want property taxes. We’re creating bigger government when people in East Tennessee want smaller government.”