Council Budget Panel Approves $10.8 Million Payment to KRS

The Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee reluctantly approved a $10.8 million payment to the Kentucky Retirement Systems. The figure is a compromise between Mayor Greg Fischer and KRS officials for interest the state did not receive from the city due to back pay owed to firefighters since 1985. Because the firefighters were underpaid the city […]

Concerns Raised Over Cordish Seeking $850,000 Forgivable Loan for New Tenant

After announcing a new restaurant will anchor Louisville’s downtown entertainment district, the Cordish Cos.— the Baltimore-based developer of Fourth Street Live—plans to ask Metro Government for a hefty $850,000 forgivable loan as part of its controversial 100-year-old, $1-per-year lease agreement with the city. Tavern on Fourth will be located on top of the Sports and […]

Miller Urges State Leaders to Change Public Employee Retirement Plans

In a newspaper editorial Tuesday, Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller, R-19, urges Kentucky lawmakers to make significant changes to public employee benefits to help the city deal with its growing budget deficits. During the annual State of the City address, Mayor Greg Fischer warned residents about potential cuts to core city services as a result […]

Ackerson Calls for Council Probe Into Overtime Pay

In stinging statement, Louisville Metro Councilman Brent Ackerson, D-26, called for the Government Accountability and Ethics Committee to begin investigating the city’s overtime compensation to public employees. Earlier this week, Mayor Greg Fischer ordered a review of the practices and procedures after learning about potential abuses in the system. At least 10 percent of city […]

Miller, AFSCME: Mayor’s Office Knew About Overtime Problems

Gabe Bullard contributed to this report Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller, R-19, says Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration knew Metro employee overtime was a problem, but ignored calls to address it over the summer. The mayor’s office launched an investigation this week into the payroll system after learning at least 550 city workers were earning $15,000 […]

James, Miller Joust Over Union Contracts And Financial Disclosure (AUDIO)

The Louisville Metro Council is set to debate an ordinance Thursday that would exempt union contracts from the city’s financial disclosure law and has divided lawmakers along partisan lines. Last week, the council budget committee passed the legislation that would let Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration avoid submitting a financial impact statement for negotiated agreements between […]

Budget Panel Approves Union Exemption From Financial Disclosure

After an hour long and bitterly partisan debate, a Louisville Metro Council panel passed an ordinance that would exempt union contracts between the city and public workers from being subject to mandatory reports. Financial impact statements show the total cost of the contracts between unions leaders and Metro Government over an entire negotiated deal. But […]

Council Democrats Support Exempting Union Contracts from Financial Disclosure Law

An ordinance supported by the majority of Louisville Metro Council Democrats would exempt the cost of contracts between public workers and Metro Government from being subject to mandatory reports. Seven years ago, the council passed legislation requiring the submission of a financial impact statement with any ordinance or resolution that spends taxpayer dollars. The original […]

Council Members Debate Discretionary Funds

Four members of the Louisville Metro Council debated the need for discretionary spending Wednesday, disagreeing along party lines on the funds use and whether they should be cut or significantly curtailed. The Louisville Forum hosted the discussion, which featured Council President Jim King, D-10, and fellow members David James, D-6, Ken Fleming, R-7, and Jerry […]

Council Members Call LG&E Franchise Agreement Unfair

Across party lines, members of the Louisville Metro Council say a plan championed by Mayor Greg Fischer that proposes an increased fee for Louisville Gas & Electric Co. customers is unfair. The plan is part of the city’s new franchise agreement with the utility company, which hasn’t been renewed since 2003. If approved, the fee […]