Louisville, Kentucky

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Louisville, Kentucky
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General information
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Mayor:Greg Fischer
Mayor party:Democratic
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2010
Next city council election:2014
City council seats:26
2014 FY Budget:$750 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:609,893
Gender:51.6% Female
Race:White 70.6%
African American 22.9%
Hispanic or Latino 4.5%
Asian 2.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.3%
Two or More 2.3%
Unemployment:6.9%
Median household income:$44,111
High school graduation rate:86.7%
College graduation rate:26.5%
Related Louisville offices
Kentucky Congressional Delegation
Kentucky State Legislature
Kentucky state executive offices
Louisville is the county seat of Jefferson County. In 2003, Louisville and Jefferson County merged, making Louisville cover the whole county. As of 2013, the city's population was 609,893.[1]

City government

The city of Louisville utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and committee members and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. Greg Fischer is the current Mayor of Louisville.[2]

City council

The Louisville City Council - also known as the Metro Council - is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.

Membership

Louisville's city council has twenty-six members, who are elected in partisan elections by the city's twenty-six districts. Each member serves four-year, staggered terms.[3]

A full list of city council members can be found here.

Committees

The Louisville City Council has 18 standing committees that are responsible for shaping city policies and drafting legislation.[4]

For a full list of city council committees, see here.

Elections

See also: Louisville, Kentucky municipal elections, 2014

The city of Louisville, Kentucky will hold partisan elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. Republican and democratic primary elections took place on May 20, 2014.[5] Thirteen of the 26 city council seats are up for election. These include districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25.

Budget

Louisville's budget for fiscal year 2014 totaled $750 million, of which $553 million constituted the "general fund," funds that cover the city's necessary services.[6]

Contact Information

Office of Mayor Greg Fischer
Metro Hall / 4th Floor
527 W. Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-2003

City Council
City Hall
601 W. Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202

See here to contact individual council members.

Lobbying

See also: Kentucky government sector lobbying

In 2013, Louisville spent a total of $51,843 on federal lobbying. The city filed one report each for the following issues: Federal Budget and Appropriations, Education, Manufacturing, Transportation and Urban Development.[7]

Louisville is a member of the Kentucky League of Cities, an organization that calls itself "the legislative voice for cities in Frankfort and Washington D.C."[8]

In 2011, the Kentucky League of Cities supported seven legislative measures on behalf of Kentucky cities. They included:

  • House Bill 119: city officials training legislation
  • House Bill 129: newspaper publication requirements
  • House Bill 167: insurance premium tax on multi-state surplus lines
  • House Bill 229: CERS reforms that help government mergers
  • Senate Bill 25: annexation filing
  • Senate Bill 70: brownfields legislation
  • Senate Bill 135: code and nusiance enforcement reform

In 2009, the Kentucky League of Cities faced criticism because their executive director's spending. Her salary was reported to be $331,186 in 2009, an increase from $170,248 in 2002.[9]

Ballot Measures

See also: Jefferson County, Kentucky ballot measures

The city of Louisville is in Jefferson County. A list of ballot measures in Cook County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Kentucky

Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 602,011.[1] Louisville is a consolidated city-county government which operates under the general law and has no initiative process for local ballot measures.

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Tax information is posted in the 'Where the City Gets Its Money' section.[10]
  • Budget information is posted.[11]
  • Meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes are posted online.[12][13]
  • Contact information for elected and administrative officials is posted online.[14]
  • Building permit information is posted online.[15]
  • Zoning districts are posted.[16]
  • Audit reports are posted.[17]
  • There are instructions on how to make an open records request.[18]

The bad

  • Current projects up for bid are posted[19], but previously awarded contracts are not posted.
  • Lobbying activities are not posted.
  • No e-mails provided for elective or administrative officials.

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