Metro Council Budget Committee Announces Hearing Schedule for FY22 Capital and Operating Budgets
Louisville – Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee has released its schedule for reviewing Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed 2021-2022 Capital and Operating Budgets.
The Committee will review the proposal over the months of May and June. 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 budget for each department and agency of Metro Government.
“While the pandemic has dramatically affected the financial condition of many individuals, families and businesses, Louisville’s economy as a whole has held up much better than we feared at this time last year. That is reflected in the budget proposed today. Tax receipts, combined with federal funds and reduced expenses, will allow us to invest in human services, public safety and infrastructure. The Budget Committee will have thirty hearings to determine how best to spend the funds available to us,” says Councilman Bill Hollander (D-9), Chair of the Committee.
“We have accepted the challenge of finding efficiencies and streamlining services during years in which revenues were limited. Today we face a much better outlook, but our focus on rightsizing government as well as addressing long deferred infrastructure needs must take precedence. I am hopeful that the Metro Council will use these two months of hearings as an opportunity to continue our work towards a budget that better positions our community for today and for future generations,” says Councilman Kevin Kramer (R-11), Budget Committee Vice Chair.
The Committee begins budget hearings on Monday, May 3, at 3:00 pm, with an overview of the proposed budget, focusing on 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.
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, on UVERSE at Channel 99, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LouisvilleMetroCouncil. 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 pandemic prevents the public from attending Budget Committee meetings in person, the Committee will be taking public comments. An online form for written comments will be available on May 3 on the Metro Council Clerk’s website at https://louisvilleky.gov/government/metro-council/metro-council-clerk. Comments will be taken through May 31.
The Committee schedule also includes two opportunities for the public to speak about the budget, via WebEx.
- May 13, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (A link on the Metro Council Clerk website will be active to sign up to speak on May 12 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
- May 27, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (A link on the Metro Council Clerk website will be active to sign up to speak on May 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Information for speakers at the Committee Public Hearings is here: https://louisvilleky.gov/metro-council/document/guidance-public-addresses-public-hearings-metro-council-budget-committee.
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 13.
Here are highlights of the 2021 Budget Hearing Schedule:
Public Health & Wellness – Monday, May 17 at 4:00 pm
Office for Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods – Monday, May 17 at 5:30 pm
LMPD – Tuesday, May 18 at 4:30 pm
Public Works & Assets – Wednesday, May 19 at 3:00 pm
Louisville Free Public Library – Tuesday, May 25 at 4:00 pm
Parks & Recreation - Tuesday, May 25 at 5:00 pm
Louisville Forward, to include Economic Development, Develop Louisville, Codes & Regulations and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund - Wednesday, May 26 at 3:00 pm
Louisville Fire – Thursday, May 27 at 4:00 pm
Resilience & Community Services – Tuesday, June 8 at 4:30 pm
Metro Council Meeting to Adopt FY 22 Budget – Thursday, June 24 at 6:00 pm
A complete schedule of meetings, current as of today, is here: https://louisvilleky.gov/metro-council/document/fy-2022-budget-hearing-schedule.