Mayor Abramson calls for "meat and potatoes" budget - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Mayor Abramson calls for "meat and potatoes" budget

The mayor calls it a "sound, strategic budget."  It's an $812 million budget, which sounds like a lot of money.  But the mayor says it's meat and potatoes with no seasoning.

The mayor's proposed budget includes a $1 million new library in Newburg and a $4 million new firehouse in Beechmont.

There is money for a hundred new police officers and 30 additional firefighters.  $16 million will be spent to complete the MetroSafe system.  That will mean a more modern communcations network for first responders.

The mayor predicts a 2.9% growth in revenue for the city.  That would be the lowest growth in five years.

The mayor says the city is facing the same economic pressures as local families.  There are no new taxes in the budget.  And while there are no layoffs, the city is permanently eliminating 400 vacant positions.

A number of city agencies do not have increases in their budgets.  They include Housing and Family services, Public Health and Wellness, and the Parks Department.

The city is cutting out donations to a number of community projects like the Cardinal Stadium expansion.  And there are cuts in state and federal funding the city gets.

Kelly Downard is the vice-chairman of the budget committee.  He's a former banker, so expect the city budget to get a thorough review before it takes effect July 1st.  Hearings get underway next week.

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