James Volunteers For Mayor’s Furlough Program

Answering a call to participate in Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s cost-saving measure, Councilman David James, D-6, will take a week-long furlough to help fill the deficit in the 2011-2012 budget. Earlier this week, Council President Jim King asked fellow members to join the mayor’s program that requires all Metro employees making over $70,000 to take… Continue reading James Volunteers For Mayor’s Furlough Program

Council Prepares For Budget Hearings

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

Fischer’s Budget Address (AUDIO)

On Thursday, May 26, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer presented his first city budget to the Metro Council. The mayor was able to close a $22.5 million shortfall by using a number of one-time stopgaps that his administration warned won’t be available in the future. During the address, Fischer compared Metro Government to a family that… Continue reading Fischer’s Budget Address (AUDIO)

Fischer Unveils First Budget

Facing a $22.5 million shortfall, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer presented his first city budget to the Metro Council that maintains basic services and dodged major layoffs in the coming fiscal year. The spending plan avoided painful cuts and tax increases by finding a number of one-time savings measures such as using $3.5 million in drug… Continue reading Fischer Unveils First Budget

Union Leaders Will Meet With Fischer on Budget

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will meet with union leaders later today to discuss the grim outlook on future city budgets before introducing his first spending plan Thursday. The city is facing a $22.5 million shortfall for the 2011-2012 fiscal year and the mayor’s spending plan is expected to include a number of cost-cutting measures—including firing… Continue reading Union Leaders Will Meet With Fischer on Budget

Council Members Hold $2.8 Million in Unused Construction Funds

Members of the Louisville Metro Council have over $2.8 million in unused Capital Infrastructure Funds from previous fiscal years that have yet to be designated for specific projects. Each year council members receive $100,000 to be used for district building projects such as sidewalk replacement, street paving and tree stump removal. Any remaining funds are… Continue reading Council Members Hold $2.8 Million in Unused Construction Funds

Fischer Planning “Painful” Cuts Over Next Three Years

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will introduce his budget for the next fiscal year on Thursday. The spending plan will make a number of one-time cuts to overcome a $22.5 million shortfall. But subsequent budget cuts will be grim. For the last few years, city budgets have become leaner and leaner. Since a full economic recovery… Continue reading Fischer Planning “Painful” Cuts Over Next Three Years

Office of Sustainability Expected in Mayor’s Budget

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will unveil his budget for the next fiscal year this week and it’s expected to include funds for an Office of Sustainability. Mayor Fischer expressed a desire to establish the office during his campaign, but the topic became controversial when Fischer was accused of promising independent candidate Jackie Green influence over… Continue reading Office of Sustainability Expected in Mayor’s Budget

Council GOP Outlines Spending Priorities

Calling it a road map for real savings in the coming fiscal year, the Louisville Metro Council’s Republican caucus have presented Democrats with a list of their spending priorities for the city budget. Revenue projections show little or no growth as Metro Government faces a $22 million shortfall. Mayor Greg Fischer is expected to present… Continue reading Council GOP Outlines Spending Priorities

Miller Faces Backlash After Recommending Discretionary Fund Cuts

Freshman Louisville Metro Councilman Jerry Miller, R-19, is continuing a call to cut neighborhood funds to help fill a $22 million shortfall in the city’s budget, despite vocal opposition from council Democrats. For the past few months, council discretionary spending has come under scrutiny after it was revealed that Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, was implicated… Continue reading Miller Faces Backlash After Recommending Discretionary Fund Cuts