Mayor, MetroSafe Remind Citizens of Emergency Alerts

In light of recent destruction caused by severe weather and tornadoes in the midwest, Louisville Metro Government officials are reminding citizens the city’s alert systems. Mayor Greg Fischer is encouraging Louisvillians to purchase weather radios or subscribe to text message alerts from media outlets. “A text alert could waken you,” Fischer says “but it could […]

Final Merger 2.0 Public Hearing is Today

Louisville Metro Government’s Merger 2.0 task force will hold its last public hearing tonight. The panel was assembled earlier this year to assess the first eight years of merger and recommend changes to city operations and to the state law that allowed merger to happen. There have been three public hearings so far to allow […]

First Merger 2.0 Public Hearing Is Tonight

The task force was formed earlier this year to study what has and has not worked since the 2003 city-county merger. Two key issues are urban services and fire protection. Currently, residents of the old city pay higher taxes and receive extra services. The panel will likely figure out whether those services could reasonably extended to the suburbs, where they are currently provided by small cities or private companies.

Mayor Fischer on Industrial Accidents, Layoffs, Whiskey Row

On WFPL’s State of Affairs Thursday, Fischer discussed: the city budget; Metro Government’s response to recent industrial accidents in Rubbertown and Butchertown; the future of Whiskey Row; and his thoughts on Metro Council discretionary spending. You can listen to the full interview here.

Final Public Budget Meeting Is Saturday

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.