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New metro budget includes more police, increase in LG&E fee

Louisville Metro government will operate next year with a $551 million budget that includes 24 new LMPD officers. Louisville Metro government will operate next year with a $551 million budget that includes 24 new LMPD officers.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro government will operate next year with a $551 million budget that includes 24 new police officers.

Council members made several changes to the budget proposed by Mayor Greg Fischer, including changing funding for police overtime, teen outreach programs, Family Health Centers and reducing a 3 percent LG&E franchise fee to 2 percent for gas customers to provide more public safety funding.

In early June, council members voted instead for a two percent fee and had to make cuts to make up for the money.

Some of the reductions included $200,000 from youth programs, $300,000 from the Family Health Centers, $100,000 from LIHEAP and $300,000 from police overtime.

Police overtime will still be increased to $900,000 but it's not the $1.2 million Fischer's administration proposed. City officials said the police overtime was needed to staff downtown while the additional officers go through training.

The reduction of the LG&E fee created a $1.8 million deficit in the revenue the mayor and his team projected.

Mayor Fischer's administration also agreed to delay some hires to save money.

Mayor Fischer provided the following statement late Thursday evening:

"I appreciate the Council's collaborative approach to the new budget. For the past four years, we've worked to create a budget that is both realistic and that reflects the values of our community including important investments this year in public safety, youth development, public infrastructure and neighborhoods. Together, we have moved Louisville forward."

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