Mayor to present budget to Metro Council - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Mayor to present budget to Metro Council

Times are tough for Louisville, and it's not going to get any better in the next year.

Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson will present his budget to members of the Metro Council in a speech at City Hall at 2:00 Thursday afternoon.

The mayor's budget proposal is described as a meat and potatoes budget, given the city's current financial condition.  A hiring freeze will remain in place except for public safety jobs like police and fire.

Because of the slow economy, the city is expecting slow revenue growth for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1st.  No new taxes are planned, and the city does not expect to lay off any workers.

However, some jobs that are now vacant may be permanently eliminated.  The city has been operating under a $9 million deficit for this fiscal year, so times are tough for city government.

Last week, the mayor talked with Fox 41 News about the upcoming budget:  "It is a very, very tight budget, but I can assure the community of this -- we're going to spend our money on basic services, police, fire, EMS, corrections, parks, the kinds of things, roads, sidewalks, the kinds of things that we and only we in local government.  And the things we used to do outside those parameters are going to have to wait another year for the business cycle to change and for us to begin to generate more revenue locally, at the state and at the federal level.

During the next month the $812 million budget will be reviewed by the Metro Council.  It may make a few changes, but normally the mayor's budget is accepted as-is.

We'll have more today on Fox News @ 4.

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