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LouisvilleKY Metro Council Budget Committee Announces Schedule for Hearings on pensions and taxes

Louisville, KY., – The Louisville Metro Council Budget Committee is announcing the following schedule for hearings on the increase in pension contributions required by the Kentucky Retirement Systems, possible reductions in Metro services and a proposed increase in the insurance premium tax. “We are providing opportunities for Council members and the public to learn more about our situation, get their questions answered, and let us know what they think.” said Budget Committee Chair Bill Hollander. The schedule is as follows: Monday, February 25 – Special Budget Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m. Louisville Metro’s Chief Financial Officer Daniel Frockt will be making…


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

Louisville, KY., – 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. Auto would be excluded from this increase, which overall would generate approximately $63 million by FY23. “Louisville Metro Government has proven it is an efficient operation, and our city is seeing a good…


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UPS Air Cargo Teamsters Ratify Contract in LouisvilleKY

New Agreement Covers Over 1,400 Mechanics and Related Classifications LOUISVILLE, Ky.,/PRNewswire/ — UPS aircraft mechanics and related employees at UPS Air Cargo have voted to ratify their newest contract with the company. The contract, which becomes amendable on November 1, 2023, makes UPS Air Cargo mechanics the highest-paid air cargo mechanics in the country by a wide margin. “We knew if we stuck together and stayed committed to protecting the pay and benefits we’ve earned over decades of hard work, we’d do what many thought was impossible and win big for our families, the future of our company and our customers,” said…


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LouisvilleKY faces ‘devastating’ cuts in services

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 Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer 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. The potential cuts range from staffing reductions in nearly every Louisville Metro Government (LMG) department, including police, fire and…


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Google Saying Goodbye to LouisvilleKY

Reprinted from Google Fiber’s official blog post: Thursday, February 07, 2019 – Over the years, we’ve said a lot of hellos. (Or, more accurately, “Hey there’s.”) Our first was in 2012, with a big hello to Kansas City. Then, in 2014, Austin and Provo. After that came Charlotte, Atlanta, Orange County, Salt Lake City, Raleigh-Durham, Nashville. Most recently, in 2017, it was hello to Huntsville, Louisville and San Antonio. Today, we’re saying goodbye to one of our Fiber cities. And it ain’t easy. After a lot of analysis, we’ve made the tough decision to leave Louisville, Kentucky. As we told our customers…


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LouisvilleKy will file appeal to Landmarks Commission for removal of Castleman monument

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer says 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 Jan. 23, 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. Mayor Fischer announced plans to move the Castleman monument, as well as one of George Dennison Prentice, in August 2018, after…


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Mayor Fischer launches Lean Into Louisville to confront and examine history of discrimination in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer has 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. “Lean Into Louisville aligns with the work we’ve been doing from day one to create a city of equity and opportunity for everyone in Louisville,” said the Mayor. “It’s an important step forward for our city and it send a great message to the rest of the country and the world that Louisville is a city that understands…


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Mayor Fischer: State of the City is strong; LouisvilleKY is well-positioned for the future

Louisville, KY., – Delivering his ninth annual State of the City address from the Muhammad Ali Center on The Champ’s birthday, Mayor Greg Fischer has 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. The Mayor noted that Ali came of age at a time of great change and “refused to let the world dictate what his life could be,” making him a great role model today, “because this is another moment of great change: in society, in technology, and in…


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Metro Council parties name caucus leaders

Stories from Louisvilleky.gov… Louisville, KY – During their first Caucus meeting of 2019, the seven Republican members of the Louisville Metro Council’s Minority Caucus unanimously elected Councilman Kevin Kramer (District 11) to the position of Caucus Chair. In addition to electing Kramer, the members of the Minority Caucus unanimously elected Councilman James Peden (District 23) as Caucus Vice-Chair. Councilman Kevin Kramer has served in a variety of leadership positions over his tenure on the Metro Council, including President (2006) as well as four previous terms as both the Minority Caucus Chair and Minority Caucus Vice-Chair. Councilman James Peden will be…


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LouisvilleKy Mayor inaugurated, here’s what he had to say

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. Thanks to the Metro Council, all elected public servants, and our great Metro Government team.  I’m honored to serve alongside you. And a very special thank you to our public safety professionals. They’re…