LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A vigil was held in downtown Louisville Friday to send a message to Mayor Greg Fischer's office.
The vigil outside Metro Hall was in support of for a list of city services that could be cut, as city leaders look for ways to cut $35 million from the budget.
With some city services already on the chopping block, some nonprofit organizations that are partially funded by the city are worried they could be next.
"We know that the services we provide as homeless service providers or affordable housing advocates really do lift up the health and safety of many many citizens, and it's good for the whole community, when people have appropriate housing," said Maria Price from the St. John's Center for Homeless Men.
"So, the thought of any progress we've made to this point, the thought of those budget cuts would mean steps back -- and we simply can't afford to go back," said Price.
Fischer later released a statement saying he supports the vigil.
“I stand in solidarity today with those attending the Vigil for a Just Budget. Lacking new revenue to offset a $35 million shortfall created largely by a state increase in our pension obligation, difficult cuts are unavoidable. Certainly, this is not the budget I want to present; it is not the budget that our city and our people deserve. Still, my team and I are working diligently to find ways to minimize the impact on our most vulnerable. And even as we work on the budget for the coming fiscal year, let’s be mindful that the pension obligation grows every year through 2023, to $65 million. I hope that those calling for a Just Budget will join me in also urging the state and Metro Council for new revenues to avoid ever worsening cuts in the years to come.”
Fischer is scheduled to unveil his budget next week. It's expected to include millions of dollars in cuts.
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