Metro Council Budget Committee announces Hearing Schedule for FY23 Capital and Operating Budgets
Louisville – Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee has released its schedule for reviewing Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed 2022-2023 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 input from the community and thoroughly review and discuss the budgets for each department and agency of Metro Government.
This year, more than 37 hours of hearings have been scheduled with dozens of Metro agencies, and two hearings are specifically dedicated to public comment.
“We have been seeing strong revenues in Louisville Metro for many months and the budget proposed today reflects that. The Budget Committee will be looking closely at the best ways to spend available resources, including potentially saving some for future years. As always, we look forward to presentations and answers to questions by department heads, and to hearing from the public, in online comments and at the two public hearings,” said Councilman Bill Hollander (D-9), Chair of the Committee.
“Positive economic growth, along with additional federal funding, will allow the members of Metro Council to start this review process from an improved position. It is my hope that we will continue to challenge ourselves to find efficiencies and focus our use of newly available funding on addressing long overdue infrastructure needs. I look forward to hearing from Metro department directors as well as the people of this community in the coming months as we chart out the spending for the next year,” said Councilman Kevin Kramer (R-11), Budget Committee Vice Chair.
The Committee will begin budget hearings on Monday, May 9 at 3:00 p.m., with an overview of the proposed budget. This first hearing will focus on projected Revenue, Operations, Capital and Debt, followed by a discussion of the budget for the Office of Management and Budget.
The public will have two different ways to participate in the budget process and share their thoughts. First, an online form for written comments will be available starting April 28 at 5:00 p.m. on the Metro Council website: https://louisvilleky.wufoo.com/forms/z1ls6po10gjsdnk/. The written comments will close on June 3 at 5:00 p.m.
Second, the Committee’s schedule will include two opportunities for the public to speak about the budget in person at City Hall. (A virtual option through WebEx will also be available.)
- May 18, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. (To participate in-person or virtually, speakers must sign up using a link on the Metro Council website. The link will be active on May 17 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
- June 2, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. (To participate in-person or virtually, speakers must sign up using a link on the Metro Council website. The link will be active on June 1 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Information and guidance for speaking at the Committee Public Hearings can be found here: https://louisvilleky.gov/metro-council/document/guidance-public-addresses-public-budget-hearings-fy22-23
All applicants for External Agency funding who wish to speak about their applications or funding are strongly encouraged to speak on May 18. (It is not required and only one speaker from each organization will be allowed.)
Highlights of the 2023 Budget Hearing Schedule:
- Office of Inspector General – Monday, May 16 at 4:00 pm
- Public Health & Wellness – Wednesday, May 18 at 4:00 pm
- Office for Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods – Monday, May 23 at 3:00 pm
- Metro Corrections – Tuesday, May 24 at 2:00 pm
- LMPD – Tuesday, May 24 at 3:00 pm
- Resilience & Community Services – Wednesday, May 25 at 4:00 pm
- Louisville Forward, to include Economic Development, Develop Louisville, Codes & Regulations and the Affordable Housing Trust Fund – Thursday, May 26 at 2:30 pm
- Public Works, to include Solid Waste Management Services – Monday, June 6 at 3:00 pm
- Louisville Fire – Tuesday, June 7 at 4:00 pm
- Louisville Free Public Library – Tuesday, June 7 at 5:00 pm
- Parks & Recreation - Tuesday, June 8 at 5:00 pm
- Metro Council Meeting to Adopt FY 23 Budget – Thursday, June 23 at 6:00 pm
A complete schedule of meetings can be found here: https://louisvilleky.gov/metro-council/document/fiscal-year-23-budget-hearing-schedule
The public may watch all meetings 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.
Metro Council statements:
“Our number one legal responsibility as Metro Council is to pass a balanced, fair budget. It’s a team effort, and I look forward to the discussion and debate over the next several weeks as we come together to build this budget and set Louisville up for another successful year,” said Council President David James (D-6).
“The revenue forecast for the coming budget year highlights the strength of our local economy and will allow us to make key investments in our community now and into the future. The proposed increases in funding to public safety, infrastructure, beautification, and neighborhoods are coupled with prudent commitments to our reserve fund in order to secure our long-term financial footing. I am looking forward to working through the budget process over the coming months and am confident that our economic strength will help ensure a better Louisville for all of our residents,” said Councilman Markus Winkler (D-17), Majority Caucus Chair.
“I appreciate many of the Mayor’s budget proposals and look forward to the hearing process, which will start next month. Despite positive economic times, I want us to maintain the same focus on efficiencies and effectiveness of government that we observed in much tougher fiscal years. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that all areas of the City are able to address their most pressing infrastructure needs and that we support those areas where growth is planned,” said Councilman Anthony Piagentini (R-19), Minority Caucus Vice Chair.
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