Louisville – The Louisville Metro Council Budgets Committee has unanimously approved the 2021-2022 capital and operating budget for the coming fiscal year.
Mayor Fischer tabled a budget on April 22 of increased investment in public safety, including violence prevention; more funding for housing initiatives; a continuation of efforts to improve our roads and sidewalks and other initiatives. These initiatives are largely funded through the revised operating and capital budgets approved today by the Metro Council’s Budget Committee.
Using Louisville’s improved revenue forecast, the Metro Council Budget Committee’s revised budget also expands funding for public safety, libraries, parks, infrastructure, and deferred maintenance. It reduces proposed borrowing by just over $ 10 million compared to the originally proposed budget.
The amended budget provides additional dollars to improve compensation at LMPD, Corrections, Emergency Management Services, and Louisville Fire. These funds appear in the General Adjustments Account of the Office of Administration and Budget and are subject to negotiations with the workers’ organizations of these departments.
The revised budget includes the proposed $ 2.9 million for a pilot to prioritize and distract 911, but shift funding from the LMPD to the emergency service that operates the 911 system.
The budget-funded police-community relationship project is Reconciliation – the John Jay College National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) program, which aims for communities and law enforcement agencies to gain a position of respect and trust by historical damage and recognizing experiences, empathy and finding common ground and a mutually supportive path forward ($ 600,000).
The Jefferson County Attorney will be allocated an additional $ 1.5 million to fund legal services related to the Justice Department review by the LMPD and the Louisville Metro Government.
Using $ 1 million in funds reserved for “council priorities” in the mayor’s proposed budget, the amended budget will make additional investment in human services across the community.
The funding for personnel services includes:
â¢ $ 279,400 for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky’s Another Way program, which is expanding a pilot program to a statewide initiative. The program offers people without shelter a new way to make money and connect with the life changing resources of goodwill. It targets high-traffic areas and gives those without shelter a chance to get off the street and find various work opportunities, where they can get lunch and a $ 50 scholarship for a day’s work. In addition, the program aims to connect the unhodged to the resources of goodwill in order to end poverty and lead individuals towards self-sufficiency.
â¢ US $ 100,000 for the American Unity House volunteers, which provides food, shelter, and security to families who become homeless due to a variety of factors including displacement, domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse, unemployment or underemployment, lack of affordable Housing, and lack of money management and / or life skills.
â¢ Increased funding for the Family and Children’s Space (US $ 33,100) and the Women and Families Center (US $ 16,500).
â¢ Funding to Catholic charities for a funeral program for the needy ($ 65,000)
(Funds âappointed by the councilâ will also be used to: Fund a Parks for All investment plan supported by the Louisville Parks Foundation to develop a plan for equitable investments in parks throughout the Louisville Metro (200,000 Expand community graffiti removal efforts ($ 150,700) and hire two additional Code Enforcement Officers and a Zoning Enforcement Officer to improve neighborhoods across Louisville.)
Other human services changes in the amending budget include:
â¢ Funding a neighborhood square in East Louisville to help residents affected by a neighborhood square closure as part of the 2019 budget cut (US $ 200,000).
â¢ $ 350,000 replacement funding in the revision budget to eliminate income from phone calls from inmates. The amended budget plans to remove charges for calls to inmates who cause a review for the Louisville Metro by December 31, 2021 at the latest.
â¢ The Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund allocation includes a new requirement that 25% of the $ 10 million investment be used for very low-income households with or below 30% Area Median Income.
The investment budget includes $ 2 million to renovate the Portland Library at 3305 Northwestern Parkway, the Louisville Free Public Library’s most in need of renovation, including an elevator to make the second floor accessible to all library users. The library is a historic Carnegie library, one of four still operating in Louisville.
It also includes $ 500,000 to reopen the historic Carnegie Library building in Parkland at 2743 Virginia Avenue for library services.
The budget change also includes $ 1,040,000 in funding for Phase I of a library complex on Metro owned property in the Fern Creek area to replace a library that closed two years ago as part of budget cuts.
Road and sidewalk projects
The amended budget complements the $ 22 million road and sidewalk repairs in the proposed budget with locally funded projects and investments of $ 4,567,500 to raise an additional $ 18.2 million in federal funding. The projects include:
â¢ Rebuilding the river road ($ 2,250,000)
â¢ Ohio River Levee Trail Phase III ($ 937,500)
â¢ AB Sawyer Greenway ($ 600,000)
â¢ Dixie Highway Streetscape – Wilson Avenue to Maple Street ($ 350,000)
â¢ Olmsted Parkways Algonquin Parkway ($ 260,000)
â¢ Olmsted Parkways Southern Parkway ($ 90,000)
â¢ Ohio River Valley Northeast (ORVNE) segment of the Louisville Loop ($ 50,000)
â¢ Westport Road Improvements ($ 1,000,000)
â¢ Hiking trail repair ($ 850,000)
â¢ St. Anthony Church Road Sidewalk Project ($ 187,000)
â¢ Improvements to Taylor Boulevard Crosswalk ($ 100,000)
â¢ Sidewalk link Urton Lane to Shelbyville Road ($ 50,000)
â¢ Continuation of Brentlinger Lane ($ 350,000)
Deferred maintenance and underground facilities
The revised budget includes funds for delayed maintenance and other improvements to the Louisville Metro facilities:
â¢ Demolition of the obsolete LMPD headquarters ($ 1,000,000)
â¢ Obsolete Finance Court Building Demolition ($ 1,400,000)
â¢ 7th LMPD Division Headquarters Improvements ($ 50,000)
â¢ Restoration of Farnsley-Moreman Dock (USD 250,000)
â¢ Renovation work at Douglass Community Center (USD 100,000)
â¢ Locust Grove Renovations ($ 500,000)
Ultimately, to advance Louisville Metro’s renewable energy goals, the amended budget calls for cost savings from energy savings identified by Metro’s new energy manager to be identified and for those savings to be reinvested back into improving metro energy infrastructure and backing up renewable energy energy supply.