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 would disagree on spending priorities, but should share the goal of needed improvements through investment.

“Given the reality of where we are, this budget represents the best we can do this year. Most importantly, it puts us in a place where we can grown while we work through these tough times,” Fischer said. “And grow we must, or every budget from here on will be continued cutting.”

Here’s the full address.