LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - If you've ever found yourself wondering why city leaders budgeted money for certain projects and not others, city leaders have set up five budget input meetings for residents to pitch their ideas, including one tonight at the Southwest Government Center.
Tuesday's meeting at the Southwest Government Center at 7219 Dixie Highway is the first of five forums the city is holding to allow the public to weigh in on budget issues.
"We encourage citizen participation in the budget process," Mayor Greg Fischer said in a news release announcing the meetings. "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 says he will also be working closely with members of the Metro Council in setting priorities for the budget, which he will present in late May.
The citizen budget hearings are:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.