Metro Council passes three pieces of legislation regarding redistricting, police contracts, and ARP funding

November 12, 2021

The legislation now awaits Mayor Greg Fischer’s signature

Louisville – Metro Council passed two ordinances and one resolution on Thursday, November 11, that are expected to make a positive impact on Louisville.

Redistricting

Metro Council passed an amended ordinance, by a vote of 19-7, to approve the newly drawn boundaries for Metro Council’s 26 districts.

The 2020 U.S. Census data was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving Metro Council a condensed timeframe to redraw district boundaries. After months of work and careful consideration, the maps for seven districts were adjusted to reflect the public’s feedback.

“I am thankful for the work of the committee and staff members who put in countless hours getting us to this point and for those residents who voiced their concerns in our multiple public hearings. We listened to feedback, worked collaboratively, and created fair and equitable district maps that will govern Metro Council districts for the next decade,” said Councilman Markus Winkler (D-17), Ad Hoc Committee on Redistricting Chair.

You can view all 26 district maps by clicking here.

The new maps will go into effect upon the mayor’s signature.

LMPD Collective Bargaining Agreement

Metro Council passed the resolution, by a vote of 18-8, ratifying the collective bargaining agreement between Metro Government and the River City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 614.

This contract sets the wages, hours, disciplinary standards, and other terms and conditions for LMPD’s lieutenants and captains. As LMPD faces a shortage of hundreds of officers, this contract will increase pay 20% by 2023 to keep, promote, and attract officers in these leadership roles.

The contract also includes new accountability reforms. Findings of bias, untruthfulness, sexual misconduct, criminal activity, and excessive use of force will now become part of the officer’s permanent record. And there will be mandatory drug testing after a critical incident.

“This contract is much better and stronger than the previous one. We still have a long way to go with accountability, but this is a huge step in the right direction,” said Councilwoman Keisha Dorsey (D-3), Labor and Economic Development Committee Chair.

This contract will run through June 2023.

“The approval of this contract will hopefully represent another step in trying to address our deficit of 300 officers from our police force. This resolution helps to increase the wages of our most experienced officers while also making needed improvements to accountability and training for our current and future police force,” said Councilman Anthony Piagentini (R-19), Labor and Economic Development Committee Vice-Chair.

You can read the contract by clicking here and downloading the file.

Rank and file officers rejected their contract in September and are still in negotiations for a new option.

ARP Funds

Metro Council unanimously passed an amended ordinance to allocate the second round of American Rescue Plan funds, a total of $182.4 million.

The largest investment of $89 million will support affordable housing programs and services for those experiencing homelessness. In addition to permanent supportive housing, the funding will create and preserve affordable rental units throughout the community. The housing package also includes $8 million for down payment assistance for first time homeowners and for a home repair program.

“We have serious needs in Louisville, many of which have become more pronounced in the pandemic. I’m thankful for the community’s involvement in this process and for Metro Council’s dedication to making fair decisions with an unprecedented amount of money. Passing this ordinance is the next step to building back better and making lasting change in Louisville,” said Councilman Bill Hollander (D-9), Budget Committee Chair.

The remaining $93.4 million will be distributed across the priorities of premium pay, public health, and public safety.

“While there will always be disagreements over portions of large proposals, such as the ARP proposal passed tonight, I am proud to have been part of the process. And I believe that the work of the Metro Council has led to a better ordinance that will likely have a greater impact for our community,” said Councilman Kevin Kramer (R-11), Budget Committee Vice-Chair.

You can view the breakdown of the funding by clicking here and downloading the file.

Metro Council will discuss how to spend approximately $160 million in remaining ARP funds in the near future. It is likely some proposals that were tabled during this second round could be reconsidered. And it is expected council members will consider other proposals addressing workforce development and healthy neighborhoods.

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