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Property tax rates down again in LouisvilleKY Metro for third consecutive year

Louisville, Ky., – For the third consecutive year, property tax rates will go down for Louisville residents, according to Metro Government’s Office of Management and Budget. “The benefits of our economic momentum reach Metro residents in many ways,” said Mayor Fischer. “A decrease in property tax rates is one of them.” This year, the countywide Metro real property tax rate will go from 12.45 cents per $100 assessed value to 12.35 cents. That change amounts to a one dollar savings for every $100,000 of assessed property value. “Continued growth in our local economy and a strong real estate market are…


Louisville Ky’s Public Library wins first place in national industry award

Louisville Free Public Library wins first place in national industry award Metro Louisville recognized as a community “aware” of what the library can do for it LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 28, 2016) – The Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) and Metro Louisville have been named the first place recipient of the 2016 LibraryAware Community Award given by Library Journal and underwritten by LibraryAware™, a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO Information Services. The award recognizes communities that engage with their libraries to improve the lives of their citizens and create lifelong learners and library users. LibraryAware Product Manager Nancy Dowd and Library Journal…

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Improvement, Efficiency on LouisvilleKY’s Metro Agenda with Theresa Reno-Weber

First BOC of 2016 in LouisvilleKY a big success A big crowd turned out, despite overblown fears of snow, to hear Theresa Reno-Weber speak at this morning’s Breakfast of Champions event at the University Club at U of L. Reno-Weber, a recent guest on the Rusty Satellite Show, gave an inspiring and informative talk about the city’s efforts to do things better, and challenged the audience of about 60 to find ways to contribute time and talent to improve the world around us. Reno-Weber, Chief of Performance and Technology for Metro Louisville, spoke of how the use of data had helped…


LouisvilleKY’s The Week Starts 2016 with a Bang

LouisvilleKY’s JCPS Deals with Threat Nothing like starting the first week of school with a local terrorist scare. My sympathies to those of you who are grappling with the decision on whether to send the kids to school today, but here’s my opinion — don’t let FEAR win. Or the terrorists. As I discuss with Robbie Valentine in this week’s Rusty Satellite Show, I believe people today are too conditioned to be scared because of what they hear in the media, from police and elected officials. We now live in a community where I can’t send my 17-year-old son to the…

Louisville KY Downtown Buildings, on Omni Site, Coming Down ASAP

Engineers say buildings must be removed immediately due to imminent safety concern Recent inspection finds Morrissey parking garage, including Typewriter building, and Falls City Theater Company building have significantly deteriorated and must be removed LOUISVILLE (April 9, 2015) – Recent inspections by Louisville Metro’s Division of Construction Review and private structural engineers have determined three buildings in the 400 block of South Third Street should be removed immediately due to structural problems that pose imminent safety concerns for the community. The buildings are the Morrissey parking garage, including the Typewriter building, and the Falls City Theater Company building, located in the…

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Ted Smith: Innovation is Key to Growth

As he admitted to a packed house at the Breakfast of Champions gathering at the University Club, the title “Director of Innovation” sounds like a made-up title. But that’s what Mayor Greg Fischer offered Smith last year — a title he’d made up, along with no staff or resources, and an assignment to get Louisville in the conversation about cool and innovative cities. In January, Smith added “Economic Development” to his title and has been focusing on growth — as in bringing investment and dollars to the city along with innovation. He told several stories about how innovation can make…

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TGIF Local Lunch Post – A Dining Classic: Hole in the Wall!

What best defines a “hole in the wall” establishment is more about ambience than architecture. Easy access, casual, affordable and more often than not, a local best kept secret, are the things that inspire lunchtime traditions for many patrons. Other criteria might be the seating capacity,  a few table tops or perhaps just a counter. Some have that “Mayberry” appeal, others are more downtown. Awards for community sports teams on the wall, local publications on the counter, lively banter from weather to traffic, family news to politics is in the air. The one-on-one service with a smile on an owner’s…

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Out With Unscheduled OT

At first glance, today’s report from the Mayor on overtime expenditures in Metro Government is atrocious. At second glance, it’s even worse, when $22.7 million in taxpayer dollars went to overtime pay last year. The city released a full report (the press release is below), including a long list of employees who made at least 15 percent on top of their regular pay for overtime. You want outrageous? At the top of the list are two Corrections employees (now there’s one screwed up department) who more than doubled their salaries with overtime pay.  Here’s a link to the whole list….

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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Get in the Soup Line!

  Unlike the tattered black and white images of the Depression Era’s soup lines, this kind of crowd generates good news and a healthy local economy. Louisville knows how to stir it up when it comes to creating a meal with a simple, savory soup. Thaw your bod and warm your soul with a visit to your favorite establishment or heat up the lunch pail with broth, cream, chili, bisque, meat or veggie soups available. Whether you make it part of a combo with sandwiches, quiche, cheese or salad or just you and your spoon, it’s a wholesome and enjoyable…