Urban County Council To Finalize Budget Surplus Spending Plans

Reported by: Tom Kenny
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Updated: 10/11/2013 8:26 pm
On Tuesday, October 15th, Lexington's Urban County Council is expected to finalize its list of projects to be paid for with budget surplus money.

On Thursday, October 10th, the council voted to spend $7.3 million of the $12.4 surplus on new police cars, fire trucks and other emergency equipment.

The council also voted to put away $2.5 million in the city's rainy-day fund.

The council allocated $3.2 million to replace 25 police cruisers and 11 unmarked cars, two fire trucks and two emergency medical vehicles.

The council also gave $40,000 to the fire department for new air tanks.

On Tuesday, the council is expected to decide how the remaining $5.1 million should be spent.

Once the spending list is complete, it will need two readings for formal approval.

The council has been debating what to do with the surplus money since August.

Originally, the council considered putting aside $3.75 million for members to spend on capital projects in their respective districts.  That amount was later lowered to $2.25 million. 

The council tabled the $2.25 million proposal until it completes its surplus discussions.
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