Paducah, KY – October 26, 2012 – As the Paducah City’s budget becomes more strained and deficits increase, less funding will be available to meet basic needs of our citizens, according to Jeanie Embry, Candidate for Paducah City Commission.
“We are projecting a challenging budget next fiscal year because we are projecting our revenues to be flat,” Paducah’s City Manager, Jeff Pederson said during an April Commission meeting. Paducah’s fiscal year began on July 1st.
United Way of Paducah and McCracken County unveiled a ten-year plan earlier this year-- Impact Poverty. The organization began developing the plan nearly two years ago as community leaders learned the city and county's poverty rate has increased at more than 14 times the state and national average.
“People in Paducah are hurting. A significant portion of our population is in need of food, shelter, clothing, and medical care,” says Ms. Embry. “Churches, and local organizations such as Grace Episcopal, Broadway United Methodist, Fountain Avenue United Methodist, First Christian Church, St. Francis de Sales, St. Thomas More, St. Matthew, St. Paul, St. Nicholas Clinic, Community Ministries, Paducah Cooperative Ministries(PCM), River City Mission, and others who’ve stepped up to throw a lifeline to those in need have been a godsend to our community,” adds Embry, “and the churches and local organizations need our help.”
“When elected as Paducah City Commissioner I pledge to give back to my community, 25% of the salary I would earn as City Commissioner by re-distributing the money to local non-profit charitable organizations AND I challenge the other candidates to do the same!”
Jeanie Embry hopes the other candidates running in the Paducah City Commission race will accept her challenge.