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What’s the next step for the mayor’s budget?

The 2024-2025 mayoral budget is in deliberation — now’s your chance to make your voice heard.

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The Louisville Metro budget has to be approved by July 1 each year.

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Last month, we took you through a summary of Mayor Craig Greenberg’s proposed $1.1 billion budget for the upcoming 2024-2025 fiscal year. The Metro Council will vote on the budget on Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m., but there is still a lot to be done in the meantime.

So, in the interest of budgeting your time, we decided to break down the entire approval process for you.

Department hearings

Between the proposal in late April and the vote in late June, the Louisville Metro Council reviews the proposal and holds a series of hearings with individual department directors. There are more than 50 departments in the Louisville government — so that takes a while.

During these hearings, council members ask the directors about their agency’s current projects and upcoming needs. You can view previous and upcoming budget hearings online. Pro tip: Look for meetings titled “Budget Hearings FY 2024-2025.”

Public comments

In addition to interviewing department directors, Metro Council invites the public to comment on the budget proposal. On Thursday, May 23 the council hosted a Community Budget Hearing, where ~60 Louisvillians gave their input on the proposed budget. In case you missed it, you can view a recording of the meeting online.

Budget hearings will continue until the week of the vote on Thursday, June 20, but the public comment period is ending sooner. You can submit online comments until Friday, June 7.