Budget Committee invites public comment at two public hearings on the proposed FY 2017-2018 Budget

May 4, 2017

Louisville –Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15) announces the Metro Council’s Budget Public Hearings are scheduled on May 10th and May 16th offering the public two opportunities to comment on the proposed FY 2017- 2018 Capital and Operating Budgets.

“The Committee encourages the public to attend and participate in the budget process;” says Butler.  “Over the next two months as we review the proposed budget it is very important to have input and dialogue with not only the departments but the public as well.”

The May 10th public hearing begins at 6:30pm.

The May 16th public hearing begins at 6:00pm.

Both hearings are held in the Council Chambers, 601 West Jefferson Street, 3rd floor.

“Over the next two months the Metro Council plans to have nearly 30 hours of hearings with department directors,” says Kramer. “This is the opportunity for the community to engage with their elected representatives to convey which projects they support or ideas they have for making our budget work better for the people we serve.”

Signups for those wishing to address the Budget Committee begin one hour prior to the start of the hearings on the 3rd floor of City Hall.  Speakers are called in order of signup and have up to three minutes to make comments.  Written testimony can be turned in during the meeting and occasionally, speakers are asked questions by the Committee members. 

The Committee is limiting one designated speaker for each non-profit group per signup. You do not have to be a member of a nonprofit group to speak. The Committee is interested in hearing from anyone in the community on budgetary issues or priorities for Metro Government in the coming Fiscal Year.

Speakers may use the Sixth Street entrance to Historic City Hall.

If you cannot attend but would like to comment on the budget, simply go to the Metro Council webpage at www.louisvilleky.gov and click on the link for the Metro Council Clerk, then click the Contact Us link.

To see the 2017 to 2018 Budget Hearing Schedule click here!

Media Advisory: The following information will be provided to those who sign up to speak before the Budget Committee:


Thank you for attending the 2017-2018 Budget Hearings.  Below are a few reminders for you when you address the Budget Committee.


All Speakers:


State your name


State your address


State the organization you represent (If someone has already spoken for this organization, you will not be allowed to speak)


You have 3 minutes to speak


Topic must be budget related


 You must speak on the topic listed on the signup sheet


You may give printed material to the Clerk before speaking


You may not speak negatively about a Council Member


Remain at the podium until you are dismissed in case the Council has questions.