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markus winkler - louisville metro council - district 17

May 13, 2022

Friday Thoughts

Happy Friday!

This week kicked off with the first of our budget hearings, including a presentation from the Office of Management and Budget where we discussed the revenue projections for the year. As I've said before, I expected this forecast to be positive and it was. This is a testament to the resilience of our local economy and will make budgeting this year much easier.

However, the news was not all great. The city's CFO provided projections for the next several years as well. In the longer term, there are concerns about revenue shortfalls due to the pay adjustments we've made and assumptions about not receiving non-recurring revenue that is in the current budget (things like capital gains windfalls). These are just early estimates, so I don't want to sound the alarm just yet. It should, however, serve as a reminder to maintain fiscal discipline and remain conservative in funding new and/or expanded programs lest we have to pull back on those efforts in a few years. As a reminder, you can click here to comment on the budget or sign up to speak at one of the two public hearings. 

In other news, I encourage everyone to take part in Kentucky's Primary Election on Tuesday. Louisville voters will be nominating candidates for U. S. Senate, Louisville Metro Mayor, Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives, and many other offices.  Early in-person voting is still available through tomorrow. Click here for a list of locations and times. If you plan to vote on election day, click here to find your polling location.

As always, please let me know if my office can help in any way.

Contact the District 17 Office

Markus Winkler
17th District Councilman



Kip Eatherly
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Important Numbers

Animal Services   473-7387
Codes & Regulations   574-2508
EACM   426-2824
Health & Wellness   574-6520
Jefferson Co. Clerk   574-5700
KY Science Center   561-6100
LG&E   589-1444
LMPD (8th Division)   574-2258
Louisville Water   583-6610
Louisville Zoo   459-2181
Mayor's Office   574-2003
Middletown Library   245-7332
MSD   540-6000
NE Regional Library   394-0379
Parks   574-7275
Planning   574-6230
Public Works   574-5810
TARC   585-1234

Coffee With Your Councilman

I wanted to remind everyone that my next "Coffee with your Councilman" will be Monday evening from 6:30-8 at the Northeast Regional Library, 15 Bellevoir Circle. This is a great opportunity to find out what's happening in metro government and share any questions or concerns you have. 

WHEN: Monday, May 16 from 6:30-8 p.m.

WHERE: Northeast Regional Library, 15 Bellevoir Circle

I hope to see you Monday!

Berrytown Neighborhood Plan Meeting


The third community meeting towards the development of a neighborhood plan for Berrytown will be held Tuesday, May 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Berrytown Recreation Center, 1300 Heafer Road. This plan will help guide the future of Berrytown, so public participation is vital. Click here for the neighborhood plan website which contains various maps of the area, recordings of the first two meetings, and more. 

New Charmoli Center Neighborhood Place Opening Monday

The Charmoli Center Neighborhood Place, formerly located in the East Government Center, will begin providing services Monday, May 16 at its new location, 9100 Marksfield Road. Initially, what's offered will be limited to rental assistance, utility assistance, and information/resources. A broader array of services will be available on site as partner agencies move in, the facility becomes fully staffed, etc. For more information about available services or to schedule an appointment, click here or call 574-5787. 

9th Annual How-To Festival

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The Louisville Free Public Library's How-To Festival is back for its ninth year. Want to learn how to perform your own bicycle maintenance? Interested in learning how to make and decorate your own dog treats? Have you always wanted to learn to salsa dance? All these offerings and many, many more will be available tomorrow from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Main Library, 301 York Street. Sessions will be located in more than 15 areas throughout the building and surrounding grounds. Food trucks will be on site as well. Use the link above for a full list of classes and times. 

Butterflies n' Blooms Exhibit Opens Tomorrow


The Louisville Zoo's Butterflies n' Blooms exhibit opens tomorrow. This seasonal exhibit, open from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. each day until September 18, is free with zoo admission or membership. If you haven't been before, visitors have the opportunity to walk amongst hundreds of native butterflies sipping nectar from colorful flowers in a 1,000 square foot flight house located across from the bongo exhibit. The zoo's website has a list of butterfly species scheduled to make an appearance, ideas for how you can help butterflies and other pollinators where you live, and much more.

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