|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|
|Population in 2013:||609,893|
African American 22.9%
Hispanic or Latino 4.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.3%
Two or More 2.3%
|Median household income:||$44,111|
|High school graduation rate:||86.7%|
|College graduation rate:||26.5%|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
A full list of city council members can be found here.
The Louisville City Council has 18 standing committees that are responsible for shaping city policies and drafting legislation.
For a full list of city council committees, see here.
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. 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.
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.
Office of Mayor Greg Fischer
Metro Hall / 4th Floor
527 W. Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202
601 W. Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
See here to contact individual council members.
- 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.
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."
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.
Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 602,011. Louisville is a consolidated city-county government which operates under the general law and has no initiative process for local ballot measures.
|Transparency grading process|
- Tax information is posted in the 'Where the City Gets Its Money' section.
- Budget information is posted.
- Meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes are posted online.
- Contact information for elected and administrative officials is posted online.
- Building permit information is posted online.
- Zoning districts are posted.
- Audit reports are posted.
- There are instructions on how to make an open records request.
- Current projects up for bid are posted, but previously awarded contracts are not posted.
- Lobbying activities are not posted.
- No e-mails provided for elective or administrative officials.
- City of Louisville Website
- Office of the Mayor
- Louisville Metro Council
- Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky Metro Government Code of Ordinances
- U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 6, 2014
- Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government Code of Ordinances, 30.1-2
- City of Louisville, "Council Members," accessed on August 28, 2014
- City of Louisville, "Committees," accessed on August 6, 2014
- Kentucky State Board of Elections, "2014 Kentucky Election Calendar," accessed January 31, 2014
- Louisville Metro Executive Budget Fiscal Year 2014-15, accessed on May 22, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Louisville, KY," accessed on September 9, 2014
- Kentucky League of Cities, "Member Cities," accessed on August 28, 2004
- The Louisville Examiner, "The Kentucky League of Cities Scandal," December 18, 2009
- City of Louisville, "Where the City Gets Its Money," accessed on August 28, 2004
- City of Louisville, "Budget Information," accessed on August 28, 2004
- City of Louisville, "Schedules," accessed on August 28, 2004
- City of Louisville, "Minutes," accessed on August 28, 2004
- City of Louisville, "Elected & administrative officials," accessed on August 28, 2004
- City of Louisville, "Building permits," accessed on August 28, 2004
- City of Louisville, "Zoning information," accessed on August 28, 2004
- City of Louisville, "Audits," accessed on August 28, 2004
- City of Louisville, "Open records requests," accessed on August 28, 2004
- City of Louisville, "Purchasing," accessed on August 28, 2014