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:November 4, 2014
Next city council election:2016
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

See also: Mayor-council 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. He or she 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. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. 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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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

Elections

See also: Louisville, Kentucky municipal elections, 2014

The city of Louisville, Kentucky held partisan elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. Republican and democratic primary elections took place on May 20, 2014.[6] Thirteen of the 26 city council seats were up for election. These included 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.[7]

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's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $51,843.[8] The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[9][10] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Louisville filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.

Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
1 Federal Budget and Appropriations
1 Education
1 Manufacturing
1 Transportation
1 Urban Development

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.

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Tax information is posted in the 'Where the City Gets Its Money' section.[11]
  • Budget information is posted.[12]
  • Meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes are posted online.[13][14]
  • Contact information for elected and administrative officials is posted online.[15]
  • Building permit information is posted online.[16]
  • Zoning districts are posted.[17]
  • Audit reports are posted.[18]
  • There are instructions on how to make an open records request.[19]

The bad

  • Current projects up for bid are posted[20], but previously awarded contracts are not posted.
  • Lobbying activities are not posted.
  • No e-mails provided for elective or administrative officials.

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on August 6, 2014
  2. Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government Code of Ordinances, 30.1-2
  3. City of Louisville, "Council," accessed on October 29, 2014
  4. City of Louisville, "Council Members," accessed on August 28, 2014
  5. City of Louisville, "Committees," accessed on August 6, 2014
  6. Kentucky State Board of Elections, "2014 Kentucky Election Calendar," accessed January 31, 2014
  7. Louisville Metro Executive Budget Fiscal Year 2014-15, accessed on May 22, 2014
  8. Open Secrets, "City of Louisville, KY," accessed on September 9, 2014
  9. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  10. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  11. City of Louisville, "Where the City Gets Its Money," accessed on August 28, 2004
  12. City of Louisville, "Budget Information," accessed on August 28, 2004
  13. City of Louisville, "Schedules," accessed on August 28, 2004
  14. City of Louisville, "Minutes," accessed on August 28, 2004
  15. City of Louisville, "Elected & administrative officials," accessed on August 28, 2004
  16. City of Louisville, "Building permits," accessed on August 28, 2004
  17. City of Louisville, "Zoning information," accessed on August 28, 2004
  18. City of Louisville, "Audits," accessed on August 28, 2004
  19. City of Louisville, "Open records requests," accessed on August 28, 2004
  20. City of Louisville, "Purchasing," accessed on August 28, 2014