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    Road improvements, body cameras for LMPD officers, a new Okolona library, and affordable housing are all part of Mayor Greg Fischer’s $873 million budget.

    The budget, titled One Louisville: Creating a Connected Community includes grants, donations, and federal funding. The proposed budget would add $560 million to the general fund and $450,000 to the “rainy day fund,” bringing it to $63.5 million.  "These investments not only connect our city through better roads and sidewalks, they connect us socially through improved libraries and enhancements to public safety," Fischer said in a prepared statement. "Our citizens must feel connected to the success of our city and know that the city is connected to their success."

    The Metro Council will begin budgetary hearings on June 2 and is scheduled to vote on the proposal on June 25.

    Below are some highlights of Mayor Fischer’s budget Proposal

    $2.8 million to equip LMPD officers with body cameras
    $14.5 million to construct the South Central Library in Okolona
    $13.6 million to repave roads, repair broken sidewalks, and continue building Louisville’s cycling network
    $12 Million for the Louisville CARES initiative, which hopes to create 1,500 affordable housing units
    $10 Million to replace police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, and snow plows
    $1 million, with $3.6 million in federal funding, to continue to implement the 100-mile Louisville Loop.
    $7.8 million to upgrade Louisville’s 911 system, which receives up to 1.5 million calls annually

    For more information, you can read the full budget here, the budget overview here, and Mayor Fischer's remarks here.

     

    Photo Courtesy of the Mayor's Office

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