Louisville's Budget Still in Flux

A number of variables are still affecting how Louisville Metro’s budget will end up this year. Mayor Jerry Abramson says the fiscal year ends in June, and a number of factors are still question marks.

He says the city has only gotten 56-percent of the money owed by FEMA from the 2008 windstorm, 19-percent from last year’s ice storm, and zero-percent from August’s flood. Abramson says he visited the FEMA office on a recent trip to the nation’s capital.

“I said to them, you guys got here quickly and you were helpful, there’s no question, but we’d like to have our money,” says Abramson. “IOU’s just get us so far in terms of balancing the budget, we have all these accounts receivables, you know, awaiting for FEMA to respond.”

He says there’s also the question of how many more winter weather events will require the city’s road crews to work. So far this year, there have been six winter weather events that have required overtime work from road crews.

Abramson says his administration will present budget figures to the Metro Council starting next week.