LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A line in Mayor Greg Fischer's budget seems to indicate pro soccer in Louisville is a done deal.

The budget submitted to the Metro Council has a line for $581,000 for improvements to Louisville Slugger Field that would allow it to host a pro soccer team. A spokesman for Mayor Fischer says the money is not going to the team and is being used to improve an existing city asset by building a soccer locker room at the stadium and sod for the playing surface. He said most of the money involved in getting the team is private funds and says the $581,000 is city government's "small role" in getting the team to town.

The item appears in a budget that Mayor Fischer has made clear would focus on increasing public safety.