Mayor’s Recommended Budget for 2022-23 |

“Planting the Seeds of Future Progress”

Mayor Greg Fischer presented his 12th – and final – annual budget speech to Metro Council on April 28, 2022, in which he reflected on how his previous 11 budgets have made the city stronger, more vibrant and ready to meet challenges, and outlined new ones Investments in priority areas including public safety, public health, equity and quality of life.





The Mayor’s total recommended budget for 2022-23 reflects an increase from last year’s $1.1 billion, including $715 million in general fund dollars, an increase of $57 million. And because of significant funding from federal, state, foundation, and other sources, the mayor is proposing a capital budget of $343 million, more than doubling the $167 million in FY22. The recommended budget follows the April 26 announcement of $87.4 million in US bailout funding for projects ranging from new libraries and investments in early childhood education to parks, swimming pools and public health, as well as previous ARP spending are sufficient.


“This budget proposal will continue our momentum,” said Mayor Fischer. “It keeps public safety as its No. 1 priority. It keeps a responsible eye on spending. It is dedicated to providing high quality, modern services through continuous improvement and innovation. And this is done with justice in mind in all our activities and endeavors.”

  • $10 million in affordable housing, bringing the total investment during the mayor’s tenure to $106 million – more than any other administration in the city’s history, as well as $3 million in down payment assistance to encourage home ownership among households and $3.4 million to repair and maintain homes in low-income areas.
  • An additional $3 million Matching Scholarship to Evolve502, which ensures every junior high and older JCPS student can attend college tuition-free.
  • Funding for three LMPD recruitment classes as part of a three-year plan to reach 1,200 officers by the end of FY25, including transfers and reinstatements. The budget also includes $6 million for the first phase of a new LMPD training facility – land acquisition and planning.
  • $412,000 to expand community center hours and programs, in addition to previously announced plans to spend $8.5 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) dollars over three years for the Office for Youth Development to create a data-driven youth development system for 10 – to 24-year-olds – because, according to the mayor, “public safety also means giving our children safe places”.
  • Investing in the successful Clean Collaborative initiative, as well as five mowing cycles and $22 million in road paving and sidewalk repairs, in addition to $500,000 in scooter and bike lanes.
  • And to ensure stability in the years to come when the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and CARES funds are depleted, the mayor is proposing $10 million for the city’s Rainy Day Fund and $15 million to cover potential budget gaps in future financial years.
public safety

“With efforts based on best practice and community involvement,” the mayor said, “we are funding law enforcement agencies, violence disruption programs and initiatives to restore trust between the police force and the larger community they serve.”

  • In addition to funding new LMPD recruits and a new training facility, the budget continues to fund emergency services to operate the new 911 call prioritization and diversion program to further the goal of reducing police responses in situations better served by a social service response will.
  • $1.4 million for a Louisville Fire Department fire building used to train firefighters; plus funds for a recruit class beginning in May 2023.
  • $3.7 million in capital investments within the correctional facility, including an expansion of camera systems, additional surveillance equipment to monitor high-risk inmates, and the increasing number of body scanners at entrances.
  • Nearly $11.5 million to complete a state-of-the-art computerized dispatch and records management system valued at $28.9 million and $1.25 million for a new mobile emergency response center.
  • In addition to Clean Collaborative, the budget is investing $880,000 for Community Ambassadors to work block by block in Downtown, Waterfront Park, South Louisville, West Louisville and Bardstown Road, answering resident and visitor questions and keeping areas clean.
  • And investments to address police reform recommendations from the Hillard Heintze review and programs like the Police Activities League, Truth and Transformation, and Lean Into Louisville.
Lifelong learning

In addition to the Evolve502 Matching Grant, the budget provides $500,000 for the award-winning Code Louisville initiative, part of the city’s effort to rapidly grow its tech workforce, and $600,000 for KentuckianaWorks for Kentucky College Access Center, a one-stop center that helps users apply for financial aid, search for schools, explore careers, complete admissions applications, and more.

  • The budget also invests $1 million in SummerWorks, the city’s program to provide youth with summer jobs and make important connections for their future. The mayor noted that in its 12 years, SummerWorks has been an overwhelming success, placing more than 36,000 children in jobs with 240 employers.
  • $5 million for the Louisville Zoo’s proposed Kentucky Trails exhibit, to be supplemented by $5 million in private donations, in addition to a $10 million state budget. As part of the project, pathways will be added to 20 undeveloped acres in the zoo to create an immersive, interactive, close-to-nature experience that offers up-close encounters with animals native to the area.
  • $4 million for Waterfront Park, also with a match requirement to advance plans for a $30 million westward expansion between 9th and 15th Streets using local, state and private funding.
  • $1.3 million to launch Louisville HeARTS, a unique initiative with the Fund for the Arts, the Louisville Orchestra, Metro Government and other community partners to bring the healing power of the arts to every neighborhood in the city.
  • $200,000 to complete final work at Louisville Metro Animal Services’ new complex on Newburg Road.

Mayor Fischer noted that Louisville is one of the few cities in the country whose brown and black residents have not suffered a disproportionate impact from COVID-19, which he attributed to “the tireless efforts of the public health team and our community partners.” .

  • Its budget includes $24.7 million for the public health and well-being of the Louisville Metro, an increase of $3.9 million.
  • The budget also invests $600,000 in planting new trees and other measures to improve environmental resilience, $700,000 for a new energy innovation fund, and $6 million for the UofL Envirome Institute Healthy Building Research Complex and Parkscape Downtown, which ” Innovation, nature, resilience and people bring together a new downtown research center and tourist attraction.”

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