Lexington council approves fiscal 2015 budget

bmusgrave@herald-leader.comJune 19, 2014 

Lexington Fayette Urban County Government council chambers

HERALD-LEADER Buy Photo

The Lexington Urban County Council gave final approval Thursday to a $313 million general fund budget that includes raises for most city employees, money for new police officers and correction officers and $8 million for a new senior citizen's center at Idle Hour park.

[Other actions by the council on Thursday: Park-ban policy approved; Rupp meeting canceled]

The council voted 14-0. Mayor Jim Gray has 10 days to decide if he will issue any vetoes to the budget, which will take effect July 1.

The proposed $313 million budget is 5 percent higher than the current revised budget. The council made few changes to Gray's proposed budget, re-allocating about $800,000. One major change: Gray proposed giving 31 social service programs a total of $2.5 million. The council increased that budget, giving 59 programs a little more than $3.1 million. Also included in the budget is money for 15 new police officers, 15 new corrections officers and money for improvements to the city-owned Kentucky Theater.

Lexington Herald-Leader is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service