LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro Council met for the last time this year on Dec. 16 with several big votes made, including a new contract for Louisville Metro Police officers.
The new contract will immediately raise new and current salaries, boosting starting officer pay to as much as $52,561 a year, by July 2022.
Current officers and sergeants will see nine percent raises right away. It will also mean another six percent raise midway through 2022, double what was proposed back in August.
New accountability reforms, including suspensions without pay, stayed the same from the last deal voted down.
It passed in a 20-3 vote, with one councilmember voting 'present.'
Here's what else was passed during the meeting:
- The council approved a $20 million mid-year budget adjustment.
- $12.5 million of that money will go towards adjusting wages for both union and non-union metro employees.
- An ordinance was approved to create an amnesty program for the city's crowded tow lot. This will allow the Public Works director to now declare a temporary amnesty period allowing people to come pick up their vehicle without paying any fees.
- The city has also now approved a plan to buy the AT&T building at 6th and Chestnut to create a new municipal building, which would house several agencies and departments, including LMPD.
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