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LouisvilleKY Synergy Project aims to strengthen relationships between police and community

  Part of Lean Into Louisville, Synergy is designed to unite community to create a strategic plan on public safety   LOUISVILLE, KY – Mayor Greg Fischer, Police Chief Steve Conrad and Louisville Metro Government Chief Equity Officer Kellie Watson have launched the Synergy Project, a community engagement initiative aimed at further strengthening police and community relationships grounded in trust and legitimacy. By bringing together people from all parts of the community – residents, academia, business, youth, faith-based organizations, law enforcement, and political leaders – this project creates an opportunity for police and community to work together in a safe, open,…


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LouisvilleKY to celebrate 50th anniversary of iconic Dirt Bowl with tournament, series of community events

  Photo from Louisville Dirty Bowl’s Facebook page… LouisvilleKY., – Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the iconic Dirt Bowl tournament is returning for a historic 50th year with plans to commemorate the tournament’s anniversary with a series of events in addition to the tournament, which will begin the weekend of June 22 with games on the hard courts at Shawnee Park. “The Dirt Bowl is an enormous part of Louisville sports history,” said the Mayor. “From NBA stars to young people, this tournament brings together our community to share good times and watch great basketball. I’m thrilled to join others…


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LouisvilleKY teams up with Papa John’s and community partners to provide summer swimming options

Louisville, KY., – With the help of local partners, a major donation from Papa John’s and a contribution from former University of Louisville and current Atlanta Falcons player Jamon Brown’s foundation, Mayor Greg Fischer announced a plan for summer swimming alternatives for youth and families in the Louisville area. The plan includes 10 community swim events at two YMCA of Greater Louisville locations, structured swims at Central High School’s pool, and daily community swim sessions at The Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center – along with transportation options for those who otherwise would have trouble getting to the pools. The four outdoor…


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LouisvilleKY’s Tyler Park to undergo million dollar restoration

Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Louisville Parks and Recreation break ground on $1.1 million project Louisville, KY., – Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Louisville Parks and Recreation, Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilman Brandon Coan, and Tyler Park Neighborhood Association will kick off construction for the $1.1 million restoration project in Tyler Park on Tuesday, May 7. The groundbreaking ceremony will be held on the east side of the bridge, in front of the historic tennis courts at 10am. The conservancy and its donors have funded $842,000 of the project with Louisville Metro Government and TPNA coming up with the rest. “We are all pleased to see the start…


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El Taco Luchador, Union 15 coming to historic Colonial Gardens in south LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer joined Metro Council members and representatives from Underhill Associates Monday to mark the near completion of the historic Colonial Gardens redevelopment project and announce two tenants, El Taco Luchador and Union 15. “This is the culmination of six years of effort by the city and its partners to revive a long-vacant property that once was a center of neighborhood activity,” the Mayor said. “Colonial Gardens is an example of how public and private interests can join forces to create something that will benefit residents, visitors and businesses alike, and we are excited to welcome…


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LouisvilleKY volunteers break new record

Louisville, KY., – With volunteers cleaning neighborhoods, donating bikes to refugees, building beds for local youth and collecting canned goods and personal care items, Mayor Greg Fischer’s eighth annual Give A Day Week of Service made a big impact on the city and amounted to more than 235,000 acts of volunteerism and compassion during the week that ended Saturday, April 20, 2019. That surpassed Louisville’s own 2018 world record of about 205,000 volunteers and acts of compassion. The Mayor, who started Give A Day in 2011 and has since expanded it to eight days that now occur as part of the…


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Mayor Fischer presents austere budget for LouisvilleKY

LouisvilleKY., – Mayor Greg Fischer proposed last week an austere 2019-2020 city budget that manages the impact of a $35 million budget deficit, driven largely by a 12 percent increase in the city’s state pension costs, while working to minimize the impact on Louisville’s most vulnerable. The $623 million general fund budget anticipates a revenue growth rate of 2.9 percent, which is dwarfed by the size of the increased pension cost – $20 million higher than in 2018. The Mayor had previously warned that despite a growing economy, the pension challenge would, without new revenue, result in $35 million in…


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LouisvilleKY Metro Council told its vote jeopardizes capital projects

County attorney’s office advises mayor’s office and Council president: Financial and legal consequences ‘may be significant’ Louisville, KY., – Following a vote Thursday by Metro Council, Louisville Metro Government (LMG) has suspended all work on the current budget’s debt-funded capital projects, effective immediately. The Council voted 18-8 to suspend the bond ordinance that would fund the projects, which the Council has twice approved – first when approving the FY19 budget in June, and then again the next month, when approving the bond reimbursement ordinance. These are bonds that were authorized to pay for projects ranging from paving and sidewalks throughout the city, to funding…


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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…