2014 Louisville budget proposal

Politics
10:16 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Passes Budget That Includes Heavy Police Emphasis

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The Metro Council on Thursday evening passed a $551 million operating budget, including Mayor Greg Fischer's push to augment Louisville's police force with a focus downtown.

City lawmakers made some important changes to the mayor's initial spending plan while continuing to bicker over a 2 percent LG&E fee on natural gas.

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Politics
6:42 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Top 4 Changes to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Budget

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After a month of hearings, the Louisville Metro Council is set to vote on Mayor Greg Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal this evening.

Of all the items in Fischer's $553-million spending plan, one of the most notable was a proposed 3 percent fee on natural gas, a revenue-producer that would among other things pay for more police downtown.

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Politics
6:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Approves Mayor Greg Fischer's LG&E Fee

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After an intense 90-minute debate, the Louisville Metro Council Thursday night approved a measure allowing a 2 percent fee on natural gas that will likely be passed on to customers. 

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Politics
3:54 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

5 Louisville Council Democrats to Watch Ahead of LG&E Fee Vote

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The overwhelming opposition to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed LG&E fee is forcing Metro Council leaders to find a compromise ahead of Thursday's vote.

As WFPL News reported earlier this week, a vast majority of the citizens weighing in on the proposed fee have been against the idea. Hundreds have lodged their complaints with lawmakers and the mayor's office.

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Politics
6:17 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Louisville Council GOP Demand Democratic Budget Chair Resign Over East End Funding Flap

Council Budget Committee Chair Marianne Butler, D-15,
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Calling it a case of "political bullying" Louisville Metro Council Republicans are demanding Budget Committee Chair Marianne Butler step down after failing to deliver a list of their spending priorities to the mayor's office.

This comes a week after WFPL News reported on the lack of city-funded projects in East End districts in Mayor Greg Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal.

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Politics
4:41 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Louisville Residents Slam Mayor’s LG&E Fee

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A review of the city’s information hotline and e-mails to the Metro Council found an overwhelming majority of Louisville residents are in opposition the Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed LG&E fee hike.

City lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on an ordinance that would attach to Metro Government's deal with the utility company a 3 percent increase on natural gas. This would trickle down to residents in Metro Louisville, but not incorporated cities.

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Politics
5:35 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Greater Louisville Inc. Opposes Mayor Greg Fischer's LG&E Fee

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Calling Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed LG&E franchise fee a "burdensome tax" Greater Louisville Inc. is urging its business members to oppose the idea ahead of a key vote.

The mayor wants a 3 percent fee on natural gas in order to generate a net worth of $4.8 million, which will go towards a more public safety spending.

According to Fischer's office the gas fee would add about $20 per year to an average household's bill.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Does Mayor Greg Fischer's Proposed Capital Budget Stiff Louisville's East End?

The Fourth Street streetscape would get funding in Mayor Greg Fischer's capital budget proposal.
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal has $63.7 million slated for capital spending, a 60 percent increase compared to last year.

But some Metro Council members are crying foul over the lack of funding for needed projects in the city's East End, which has experienced the greatest  population growth in recent years.

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Politics
2:07 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

Council Republicans Plan to Contest Louisville Mayor's 'New Tax'

Councilman Kevin Kramer, R-11, says the GOP plans to oppose Mayor Fischer's LG&E franchise fee

A majority of the Louisville Metro Council praised Mayor Greg Fischer's 2014-15 budget proposal for investments in public safety, capitol projects and infrastructure.

But Republican lawmakers who pushed for more police officers in past budgets say they oppose the proposed 3 percent LG&E franchise fee as a "new tax" by the Fischer administration.

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Local News
8:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Louisville Mayor's Budget Proposal Adds $2 Million For Youth Program—But Plan Has Critics

The first SpreadLoveLou youth event this month at Metro Hall.
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More than $2 million in Mayor Greg Fischer's proposed city budget for the next fiscal year would  go to improving youth development programs throughout Louisville.

The funds would support restorative justice programs, enhance the office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods and increase hours and develop programs at community centers.

But the plan has critics.

Still, Anthony Smith, the director of the city's Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, said it is a “move in the right direction” anytime resources can be added to youth development.

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