Monday February 7, 2011
Citizens can also “Talk to Greg” at new bi-monthly series
Fulfilling a commitment to make city government more open, Mayor Greg Fischer today announced public hearings that will give citizens a chance to comment on the next city budget. Five hearings will be held in coming weeks at community and government centers in all areas of Louisville prior to the development of the city spending plan for 2011-2012.
“We encourage citizen participation in the budget process,” Fischer said. “The fact that the city is again facing a very tight budget is even more reason to listen to the needs and concerns people have.”
Fischer said he will also be working closely with members of the Metro Council in setting priorities for the budget, which he will present to them in late May.
The citizen budget hearings are:
Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway
Feb. 28, 1 p.m.
Shawnee Golf Course community room, 460 Northwestern Parkway
March 1, 1 p.m.
Metro Hall, Mayor’s Gallery, 527 W. Jefferson St.
March 8, 7 p.m.
East Government Center, 200 Juneau Dr. in Middletown
March 12, 1 p.m.
Central Government Center, 7201 Outer Loop
Fischer also announced a new series of opportunities for citizens to share ideas and concerns directly with him at “Talk to Greg” meetings held every other month on the second Monday of the month at locations throughout the city.
“As we work to build the best city government in America, I want to hear directly from citizens on what’s working, what’s not working and how we can do things better,” Fischer said. “Whether it’s a big idea for moving our entire city forward, or something that impacts your neighborhood, I’m all ears.”
At the “Talk to Greg” sessions, Fischer will be joined by city department directors, mayor’s office staff and Metro Councilmembers. All citizen suggestions and requests will be entered into a computerized city tracking system for follow up and response.
The first three “Talk to Greg” sessions are scheduled for:
March 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Carter Elementary School Cafeteria, 3600 Bohne Ave.
May 9, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Southern High School, 8620 Preston Highway
July 11, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Jeffersontown High School, 9600 Old Six Mile Lane
Fischer said he’s also told members of the Metro Council that he will make himself available to join them at Saturday coffees or other regular meetings they have with their constituents, to hear their ideas and concerns, if the Metro Councilmember requests him to do so.
Between meetings, and anytime, citizens can always “Talk to Greg” by visiting his Facebook page or sending him an email at email@example.com.
For more information, visit www.louisvilleky.gov or call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.