Metro Council Budget Committee Announces Hearing Schedule for FY21 Capital and Operating Budgets

April 23, 2020

Louisville – Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee has released its schedule for reviewing Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed 2020-2021 Capital and Operating Budgets.

The Committee will review the proposal over the months of May and June, with a special meeting with economist Dr. Paul Coomes, focusing on revenue only, on April 30.  The Metro Council extended the budget review process by an extra month beginning in 2017, in order to hear from the public and thoroughly review and discuss the needs of each department and agency of Metro Government.

“Dramatically falling revenue as a result of the global pandemic makes this an extraordinarily difficult budget, and we understand that what's being proposed now is necessarily very tentative.  But the Committee is looking forward to hearing from Louisville Metro's departments about proposed spending plans, changes from previous years and the effect of the pandemic on operations.  We are also scheduling two public meetings, to be conducted virtually, before the Council adopts a final budget on June 25,” says Councilman Bill Hollander (D-9), Chair of the Committee.

“Last year's budget hearing was focused on finding efficiencies amid tough budget times. This year we will face an even tougher challenge as the pandemic hasn't just put revenues in flux, it is also changing the way government is able to deliver basic services. The Metro Council will be looking for short and long term solutions for the delivery of services and will also be focused on finding new ways for residents of our community to participate in the process," says Councilman Kevin Kramer (R-11), Budget Committee Vice Chair.

The Committee begins budget hearings on Thursday, April 30, at 4:00 pm, with a presentation by Dr. Paul Coomes, an economist at the University of Louisville, on projected revenues in view of the economic disruption resulting from the pandemic.  The first presentation from Daniel Frockt, Louisville Metro's Chief Financial Officer, is the following Monday, May 4, with a discussion of projected Revenue, Operations, Capital and Debt, followed by a presentation on Human Resources.

Under a declaration issued by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness to slow the spread of COVID-19, public access to Historic City Hall has been limited.  In collaboration with the President’s Office, the City Hall entrance on 6th Street is locked with limited building access. A sign is posted on the door to call the on-duty security guard desk for approved entry. 

As a result of, and in accordance with, this directive, Metro Council meetings, including all Budget Committee meetings, are open to the public through remote access only.   The public may watch the proceedings live on Metro TV, Spectrum Cable Channel 184 or on UVERSE at Channel 99.  Proceedings may also be streamed live from the Metro Council Clerk’s Archived Media page at http://louisville.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2.

While the public will not be allowed to attend Budget Committee meetings in person, the Committee will be taking public comments.  An online form for written comments will be available on May 4 on the Metro Council Clerk’s website at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/metro-council-clerk.

The Committee schedule also includes two opportunities for the public to speak about the budget, via WebEx. Those public hearings, conducted virtually, are scheduled for May 7 at 5:00 pm and May 13 at 6:00 pm. Beginning May 4, the Metro Council Clerk's website will have information about signing up to speak at the meeting via WebEx. All applicants for External Agency funding who wish to speak about their applications or funding (it is not required) are strongly encouraged to speak on May 7. 

Here are highlights of the 2021 Budget Hearing Schedule:

Metro Parks & Recreation - Tuesday, May 12 at 5:00 pm

LMPD – Monday, May 18 at 4:30 pm

Louisville Free Public Library – Tuesday, May 26 at 5:00 pm

Emergency Services – Wednesday, May 27 at 3:30 pm

Louisville Fire – Wednesday, May 27 at 4:30 pm

Resilience & Community Services - Thursday, June 4 at 5:30 pm

Louisville Forward, to include Economic Development, Develop Louisville, Codes & Regulations and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund - Monday, June 8 at 3:30 pm

Public Works & Assets – Tuesday, June 9 at 5:00 pm

Public Health & Wellness – Wednesday, June 10 at 3:45 pm

A complete schedule of meetings, current as of today, is here: https://louisvilleky.gov/sites/default/files/metro_council/fy_2021_budge...

 

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