Budget Committee Announces Hearing Schedule for American Rescue Plan Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds
Louisville – Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee has released a schedule for an initial committee meeting and public hearings on Louisville’s use of American Rescue Plan Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery (“ARP”) Funds. Louisville Metro is receiving $388 million and more than $340 Million has yet to be appropriated.
Metro Council wants to hear from experts and the public about the use of the funds, according to Budget Chair Bill Hollander. “Louisville and other cities and counties across the country can make meaningful and long-lasting change with ARP funds. We want to understand the permissible uses, hear from the public about community needs and make wise funding decisions,” Hollander said.
Budget Vice Chair Kevin Kramer said “We have an opportunity to have a major impact for several generations, it is important that we be very deliberate in determining the best use of these funds. Taking time to understand all of the possible uses, and carefully selecting those areas where we can bring about lasting change is the most pressing issue as we move forward.”
The Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 13 at 3:00 pm to hear testimony about eligible uses of the funds and to begin discussing priority areas. No decisions about funding will be made at the meeting.
In the next two weeks, the committee will have three hearings across the community to take public comments about the use of ARP funds. Speakers may sign up before the start of each meeting to speak for a maximum of five minutes. The meeting schedule is:
Saturday, July 17 11am - 1pm
ShelbyHurst Campus, Founders Union Building - Meeting Room 201
9001 Shelbyville Road
Monday, July 19 6:30 - 8:30pm
Southwest Regional Library
9725 Dixie Highway
Monday, July 26 6 - 8pm
West Broadway Church of Christ
3921 West Broadway
An online form for written comments is also available at https://louisvilleky.wufoo.com/forms/zmw8u5j0366emk/ and https://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/metro-council-clerk.