Feb 13 2019 Insurance premium tax increase proposed to help cover $65M budget gap and prevent devastating cuts

Facing devastating potential cuts because of an expected $65 million general fund gap over the next four years, Mayor Greg Fischer is proposing to increase the city’s tax rates on home, life, marine and miscellaneous insurance, such as malpractice, title insurance and umbrella coverage, from their current five percent to 12.5 percent in FY20 and FY21, 13.5 percent in FY22 and 15 percent in FY23.

Feb 7 2019 Mayor: Without new revenue, city faces “devastating” cuts in services because of Frankfort-mandated pension obligation

Cuts would include every agency of Metro government, including police officers, fire stations, libraries and community services

Mayor Greg Fischer today outlined specific and “devastating” potential cuts to city services and staff that would, without new revenue, be necessary to cover an expected $65 million budget gap over the next four years, caused by a state-mandated pension increase that grows every year through FY23.

Jan 28 2019 Mayor Fischer, community leaders announce free tax preparation service for eligible Louisville residents

Mayor Greg Fischer and other leaders today announced the opening of free federal and state income tax preparation for eligible residents.

The Louisville Asset Building Coalition’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, and AARP Tax Aide programs provide trained, IRS-certified volunteers to offer free tax services at 17 sites across the city. The service is available to individuals and families who earned less than $64,000 in 2018.

Jan 25 2019 City will file appeal to Landmarks Commission for removal of Castleman monument

Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that the city will appeal a Cherokee Triangle Architectural Review Committee (ARC) vote that effectively denied a city plan to remove the John B. Castleman monument from its current location.

In a meeting Wednesday, ARC tied 3-3 on the city’s application to move the statue; without a majority of votes in support of the application, it was effectively denied. The city’s appeal will be submitted to the Landmarks Commission within the next 30 days.

Jan 23 2019 $34 million mixed-use development planned west of Ninth

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the historic, long vacant warehouse located at 1405 W. Broadway has been acquired by the Housing Partnership Inc. (HPI) to be redeveloped into a $34 million mixed-use development.

Jan 22 2019 Mayor's Office and Fund for the Arts announce new mural festival

Mayor Greg Fischer together with Fund for the Arts, the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 Steering Committee and Louisville Visual Art today announced a transformational two-week mural festival set to launch in fall of 2019. The Imagine Mural Festival will bring talented artists from Louisville and beyond together to create artworks that uncover the untold stories of one of Louisville’s historic neighborhoods with the Smoketown neighborhood hosting the mural festival this year.

Jan 18 2019 Mayor Fischer launches Lean Into Louisville to confront and examine history of discrimination

Mayor Greg Fischer today launched Lean Into Louisville, an unprecedented series of presentations, conversations, activities and art exhibits that will explore and confront the history and legacy of all forms of discrimination and inequality in the city and the country.

Jan 17 2019 Mayor Fischer: State of the City is strong; Louisville is well-positioned for the future; and we need to brag!

Delivering his ninth annual State of the City address from the Muhammad Ali Center on The Champ’s birthday, Mayor Greg Fischer today challenged the community to have the same courage, vision and determination that made Ali one of the most beloved, respected and well-known people the world has ever seen.

Jan 16 2019 Mayor Fischer celebrates decision to rename Louisville airport to honor Muhammad Ali

Mayor Greg Fischer said he is pleased and proud of today’s decision by the Louisville Regional Airport Authority Board to rename the city’s airport for its native son Muhammad Ali.

The new name is Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. The airport’s three-letter International Air Transport Association (IATA) Location Identifier – SDF – will not change.

Jan 11 2019 Mayor Fischer honors JCPS board chair Diane Porter with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that Diane Porter, educator and Jefferson County Public Schools board chair, is the 2019 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award.

Jan 7 2019 Mayor Fischer pledges ‘fierce sense of urgency’ in third term, with focus on equity, education and tech development

Mayor Greg Fischer pledged today to bring the same energy, innovation and commitment to his third term as when he first took office in 2011, saying he and his team “are dreaming even bigger, and will move even faster and work even harder in the days ahead.”

Jan 7 2019 Mayor Fischer's prepared remarks for his third inauguration

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's prepared remarks for his third inauguration, Jan. 9, 2019:

 

Thank you.

Thanks to my family: 

My wife Alex and our children – Eleni and Cody, George, Nick, Mary

My siblings, Lynn, Mark, Paul and Chris

My wonderful parents, Mary Lee and George

My mother-in-law Eleni.

And a special recognition for my father-in-law Nick Gerassimides, who peacefully passed away just two weeks ago.

Jan 2 2019 Mayor announces plan for expenditure of mid-year funds to address homelessness

Mayor Greg Fischer gathered today with Metro Council members, other city leaders and community outreach representatives to release Louisville Metro Government’s plan for using mid-year surplus funds to further address the needs of homeless individuals in our community.

The plan was formally presented to Council by the city’s Office of Resilience and Community Services in collaboration with the Coalition for the Homeless.

Dec 27 2018 Mayor Fischer to deliver State of the City on Jan. 17 at Muhammad Ali Center

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced that he will deliver the 2019 State of the City address on Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville.

 The address is traditionally delivered to the Downtown Rotary Club at the start of the new year, in various locations. This year’s site was chosen in part to recognize and celebrate Ali’s birthday.

Dec 21 2018 Inauguration for Mayor Greg Fischer and other local elected officials is set for Jan. 7 at Metro Hall

Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville Metro Council members and other elected officials will be sworn in for new terms of office during a special inaugural ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 at Louisville Metro Hall.