Lexington’s new budget proposal released

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Mayor Jim Gray announced his last budget plan for the city of Lexington Tuesday and much of the focus is on public safety.

The proposed $370 million budget for Lexington factors in a 3.5 percent revenue growth.

The mayor has proposed 55.5% of the General Fund budget go toward public safety, including allocating money for new vehicles and computers for the police department.

The fire department will get 25 new positions, with 24 of those employees to fill positions at a new fire station to be located in Masterson Station.

Under public safety, Gray is proposing $100,000 go toward metal detectors in schools, saying he considers school safety part of public safety.

The city is allocating an additional $3.1 million to pensions, but has to wait until state lawmakers to pass a budget. Gray says the city anticipated a significant increase, and the council set aside $10 million from surpluses in 2017 for increased costs.

Other budget items include:

– $20 million bond for the Lexington Convention Center construction project
– $12 million for paving projects
– $2.6 million for city parks
– $100,000 for traffic improvements near the University of Kentucky
– $100,000 in funding to build a monument dedicated to women in history
– $25,000 for a awareness campaign focusing on those battling opioid addiction

To see the proposed budget in its entirety, click here.

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