2017-18 Recommended Budget

Tremendous momentum has been building in Louisville since 2011, including 63,000 new jobs, 2,600 new businesses and $10 billion in capital investments.

On April 27, 2017, Mayor Greg Fischer present the recommended executive budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year to the Louisville Metro Council.  Highlights:


Public Safety

  • Adds 55 net new positions to LMPD since last year’s budget – 44 new officers and 11 other positions, from crime scene technicians to firearms analyst
  • Three recruit classes totaling 112 officers; brings LMPD’s projected average strength to 1,293 in FY18, the highest since merger
  • $4 million for new police cars, ambulances, firetrucks and equipment
  • $1.8 million to move LMPD to new headquarters
  • $1.5 million to start renovation of Louisville Fire headquarters
  • $1.5 million to relocate the backup 911 center
  • $500,000 to repair the city’s jail
  • Hires 15 new corrections officers, for a total of 60 recruits
  • 30 recruits for Louisville Fire
  • $200,000 for additional staff  and support, Office of Addiction Services
  • $1 million to expand Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, including the Cure Violence program, which treats crime as a public health issue
  • Funds new violent crimes prosecutor in Commonwealth Attorney’s office and new arraignment court prosecutor in County Attorney’s office

Libraries and Zoo

  • Begins construction on a new Northeast Regional Library
  • $1 million for Louisville Zoo capital and maintenance needs

Affordable Housing

  • $2.5 million to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund
  • $12 million to Louisville CARES revolving loan fund


Quality of Life

  • $25 million for paving and street improvements; plus, $500,000 for new bike lanes
  • $1.7 million for Metro Parks upgrades, maintenance and projects
  • $5.4 million for Kentucky Wired fiber gigabit internet speed
  • $5.1 million in grants to non-profits, arts group and other external agencies
  • $600,000 to plant trees
  • $100,000 each for Dare to Care, and Imagine Greater Louisville arts master plan


Metro Council designated funds

  • $6.5 million in funding for Council-designated priorities, as well as Capital Infrastructure Funds and Neighborhood Development Funds


Read the full recommended executive budget for 2017-18

News release

Mayor Fischer's prepared remarks


"I look forward to working with you and our citizens to pass a budget that keeps our promises, reflects our values, rsponds to the needs of today and prepares us for the future." 

— Mayor Greg Fischer, April 27, 2017, Louisville Metro Council chambers

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