The Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee will begin its review of Mayor Greg Fischer’s first budget proposal Thursday, and city lawmakers are expected to make changes to the plan. Over the next month, council members will revise the mayor’s $712 million spending plan and hear from Metro Government agencies, beginning with testimony from officials with… Continue reading Council Prepares For Budget Hearings
The meetings were meant to give citizens a chance to weigh in on the budget before the mayor finishes drafting it. Mayor’s spokesperson Chris Poynter says he was hoping to hear about wasteful spending that could be cut, but instead, most people suggested the city spend more money.
“Oh yeah, by far. Collectively, we’ve probably had 300 people at the various budget hearings and probably 98% of them have been asking for money instead of suggesting ways to reduce the budget,” he says.
Traditionally about five percent of the budget goes to outside agencies. As the city budget has tightened over the last few years, the grants have been reduced. Fischer told the crowd that once again it’s not possible to give every agency the amount it requests.
Every year, social service and arts groups that receive grants in the budget send representatives to speak at the Metro Council’s budget hearings. Mayor’s spokesperson Chris Poynter says those groups are welcome to speak at the upcoming mayoral budget hearings, but he would prefer if they attended only the March 1st hearing at Metro Hall.
From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky needs more state troopers, and even in tight budget times, efforts are underway to try to rebuild the force. Last week, 56 recruits from across the state reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort to try to become State Troopers. But in state budget hearings, it… Continue reading Officials Look For Ways To Bolster Kentucky State Police