Op-Ed

Fix city budget, end scandals

I ran for mayor in 1993 on a conservative platform of balancing the city's budget, paying down our debts and fixing the city's problems.

I am sad to say that in the 17 years that have passed, very few of the city's major problems have been fixed or even addressed — they have just become worse.

At that time our debt was $233 million; today it is around $650 million.

We pay more than $30 million a year just to service this debt. Our pension funds were underfunded by $46 million; today it is $246 million.

Last year, in the midst of the worst economic decline since the Great Depression, Mayor Jim Newberry proposed a budget that had a 3.4 percent increase over the previous year, and then had difficulty meeting that projection because of a "surprise" revenue shortfall.

In fact, the budget has increased 20 percent since he took office.

Then we have the scandals — the detention center, Will McGinnis suing the city over false arrest, the airport board, the library and others.

These are the types of things you want to prevent, not as the Herald-Leader asserts only investigate afterward. By then it is too late.

I am tough, fair, honest and capable. I do not have a "pay-for-play list" written about me.

After years of wasteful spending, mismanagement and corruption, why not try competence?

On May 18, hit the "fix it" button beside my name in the voting booth and let's finally get the city's problems fixed.

Skip Horine is a candidate for Lexington mayor.

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