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Louisville Metro Budget Hearings to Begin May 29


The Louisville Metro Council Budget Committee will begin its review of Mayor Greg Fischer's spending plan next Wednesday.The committee has scheduled several hearings over the coming weeks and will review the health department's funding first with the goal of approving the entire budget by June 18.Fischer's office will give an overview of revenue, planned projects and operations at a hearing on June 3. The council will also hear from public safety agencies such as the fire, EMS and Metro Police departments."This is the first budget where our revenue picture looks much brighter than in years past," Budget Committee Chairwoman Marianne Butler, D-15, said in a news release.  "We have a good working relationship with the mayor and his staff and I do not expect any major surprises as we begin our review."Butler told WFPL in a recent interview she expects city lawmakers will make changes to the mayor's budget in the form of additional spending for external agencies.The budget puts additional funding in for roads and infrastructure while avoiding tax increases, layoffs or service cuts."This budget reflects many priorities of the council and we look forward to hearing from each agency on what lies ahead in the coming year," says Butler.The public comment portion of the budget hearings will be held June 13 at City Hall.For the full schedule, look below.