Metro Mayor Greg Fischer released his proposed fiscal year 2013/2014 budget today.

We haven’t done a deep dive on the numbers, but we will. At least at first blush, Republicans on the Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Council aren’t emulating their counterparts in the U.S. Congress.

Fischer proposed general fund spending of $528 million, an increase of about $5 million from the current fiscal year ending June 30, according to the Courier-Journal.

Revenue is projected to be $563 million in the coming fiscal year. Revenue for the current fiscal year had been projected to be $553.8 million, Fischer announced during his budget address today to the Metro Council that revenue is likely to come in at $566.3 million, or about .5 percent higher.

The mayor’s budget calls for more infrastructure spending, especially on streets.

The response from the other side of the aisle – with the exception of Councilman Ken Fleming, District 7 – was surprisingly positive, especially considering Fischer just announced he’s running for reelection.

Here are the comments from the Republicans on the Louisville Metro Council’s Budget Committee:

• “As Vice-Chairman of the Metro Council’s Budget Committee, I look forward to reviewing all aspects of the Mayor’s Budget. The Mayor’s process of developing a budget worked with members of the Metro Council reflects much of our shared vision for the community. I support the increased spending on paving throughout Louisville Metro, and look forward to hearing the details from representatives from Public Works as we hear their plan for addressing our communities transportation Needs.” – Kelly Downard, District 16, Louisville Metro Budget Committee Vice-Chair

• “I support the inclusion of funding for projects like the construction of the Urton Lane Corridor, investment in the East Government Center and the priority given to increasing funding for community ministries. I look forward to discussing the administration’s plans for adding bike-paths, but will focus my attention to ensure that our paving needs for motorists are met in the priority set by Public Works.” – Jerry Miller, District 19, Member of the Budget Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Minority Caucus.

• “This budget seems to have made progress on addressing our continued concerns related to overtime costs but makes little progress in making our city more economically competitive.” – Ken Fleming, District 7, Member of the Budget Committee and Minority Caucus Chair,

• “The release of the Mayor’s Budget starts one of the most important parts of the council calendar. I am glad to see the expansion of the pilot program for recycling that several of us on the council supported in previous year’s budget has gained the support of the Mayor and that they are making another investment in expanding the recycling options for our citizens.” – Kevin Kramer, District 11, Member of the Metro Council Budget Committee.

We’d just like to say it’s hopeful – after all the partisan anguish in Washington –  to hear words such as “support,” “shared vision” and “progress” from city leaders who could opted to politicize the budget process.

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Terry Boyd
Terry Boyd has seven years experience as a business/finance journalist, and eight years a military reporter with European Stars and Stripes. As a banking and finance reporter at Business First, Boyd dealt directly with the most influential executives and financiers in Louisville.

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