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 […]

Fischer Administration Acknowledges Mistakes Over Failed Cordish Loan

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration apologized for a botched loan agreement with The Cordish Cos.—the developer of Fourth Street Live—during a Metro Council committee hearing on Tuesday. Last month, Fischer offered up a resolution to give the Baltimore-based company an $850,000 forgivable loan to bring an unnamed tenant to downtown. The legislation was sponsored by […]

King Outlines Council Budget Recommendations to Fischer

Louisville Metro Council President Jim King, D-10, has sent Mayor Greg Fischer several recommendations to fill looming budget shortfalls over the next two fiscal years. The six-page letter was drafted after King met with leaders of the Budget Committee and other council members over the past few weeks. Metro Government faces a potential $42 million […]

Fischer: City Facing Tough Budget Times

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says Metro Government will have to make some tough choices in the months ahead to balance the city budget. In his annual State of the City address to the Downtown Rotary Club today, Fischer warned that everything except essential services is on the table for possible cuts. That means city employee […]

Council Members Question Whether Donor Pulls Strings in Fischer Administration

The caucus leaders of the Louisville Metro Council have asked Mayor Greg Fischer to clarify the role of high-profile contributor Tommy Elliott in making mayoral appointments. And some city lawmakers could also request Elliott testify before the government accountability committee next year. Elliott donated $2,000 to Fischer’s election campaign last year and also served as […]

Council Meets With Chief Over Constable Shooting

The Louisville Metro Council is discussing ways to restrict the power currently held by local constables after a controversial shooting raised questions about the positions usefulness. Three council members met with Chief Robert White Thursday to talk about the recent use of force by Jefferson County Constable David Whitlock, who was first elected to the […]

City Projects $6 Million Deficit Despite Revenue Growth

Louisville Metro Government is facing a $6 million deficit based on early revenue projections. Mayor Greg Fischer’s budget allocates $504.2 million for the general fund, but despite higher receipts in the first three months of the fiscal year the city has another financial shortfall. Chief Financial Officer Steve Rowland told the Metro Council’s Budget Committee […]

Councilwoman Green Removed from Office

In two historic decisions, the Louisville Metro Council Court voted unanimously to expel Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, from office. The 20-member court ruled Green mismanaged taxpayer money and committed misconduct in two separate cases, marking the first time an elected official was removed in Metro Government history and the first time a Louisville official has […]

Council Court to Set Date for Green Expulsion Trial

For the second time in less than a week, the Louisville Metro Council Court that will preside over the removal trial of impeached Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, will convene Thursday to vote on a final hearing date. Last month, council members Barbara Shanklin, D-2, Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, Kevin Kramer, R-11, Stuart Benson, R-20, and Madonna […]

Butler Named Pro Tem of Council Court

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Marianne Butler, D-15, has been named chair pro tem of the council court that will hear the expulsion trial against Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1. The court will be made up of 20 city lawmakers who will decide Green’s fate by a two-thirds vote. Last month, council members Barbara Shanklin, D-2, Tina Ward-Pugh, […]