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April 22, 2011

Passengers of Valley View Ferry angered by mayor's plan to cut funding

VALLEY VIEW — The river was up, and so was Elizabeth Curry's dander. As the Valley View Ferry shuttled Curry's car across the Kentucky River from Jessamine to Madison County, she vented over Lexington Mayor Jim Gray's plan to cut funding for the ferry by $40,000. Jessamine, Madison and Fayette counties have had an agreement to operate the paddle wheel ferry since 1991, and Curry said it isn't right for Fayette to cut its support. "The three counties have an agreement, and when you have an agreement, you just don't back out," Curry said. "It throws the burden on the other two counties. You can't tell me that the city of Lexington or Fayette County can't manage $40,000." The cut is part of Gray's plan to reduce a $27 million city deficit for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The cuts will be considered by the Urban County Council.

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