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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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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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LouisvilleKY government to offer free tax preparation help

  Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer joined several community and government today announced the opening of free federal and state income tax preparation for eligible residents. The Louisville Asset Building Coalition’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, and AARP Tax Aide programs provide trained, IRS-certified volunteers to offer free tax services at 17 sites across the city. The service is available to individuals and families who earned less than $64,000 in 2018. VITA and AARP volunteers will also help determine if residents are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, a refundable federal tax credit for low- and middle-income working…


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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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$34 million mixed-use development planned west of Ninth in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY.,  – Mayor Greg Fischer has announced the historic, long vacant warehouse located at 1405 W. Broadway has been acquired by the Housing Partnership Inc. (HPI) to be redeveloped into a $34 million mixed-use development. “This historic building has been a visible commercial marker of the Ninth Street divide and represented blight,” said the Mayor. “I commend HPI’s investment, which will bring this property back to the commercial vibrancy it once was for west Louisville and will attract additional investments along West Broadway.” Originally built in 1922 as the National Candy Co. Frank A. Menne factory, this property is on the National…


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LouisvilleKY and Fund for the Arts announce new mural festival

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer, the Fund for the Arts, the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 Steering Committee and Louisville Visual Art have announced a transformational two-week mural festival set to launch in fall of 2019. The Imagine Mural Festival will bring talented artists from Louisville and beyond together to create artworks that uncover the untold stories of one of Louisville’s historic neighborhoods with the Smoketown neighborhood hosting the mural festival this year. Local artists are encouraged to submit their interests and qualifications by February 15, 2019 via www.fundforthearts.org/mural-festival. The central theme of the Imagine Mural Festival is Lean Into Louisville, a new initiative…


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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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LouisvilleKY’s mayor reacts to airport renaming

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer said he is pleased and proud of this week’s decision by the Louisville Regional Airport Authority Board to rename the city’s airport for its native son Muhammad Ali. The new name is Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. The airport’s three-letter International Air Transport Association (IATA) Location Identifier – SDF – will not change. “Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville. Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the Earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism…


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Troublesome LouisvilleKY intersection reopens

Realigned Dixie/Broadway/18TH crossing opened Louisville, KY – Mayor Greg Fischer this week  opened the newly realigned intersection of Eighteenth Street, Dixie Highway and Broadway to traffic. The realignment eliminated a traffic bottleneck where the three streets converge at a major West End development site. The $1.2 million project completed by TSI Construction last week rerouted Dixie Hwy slightly eastward to align it directly with Eighteenth Street. That got rid of a zigzag between the two streets that had required separate traffic signals at two intersections less than one hundred feet apart on Broadway, and connected them in a single intersection with…