After a day of negotiation, members of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council funded several city services eliminated in a budget proposed by Mayor Jim Gray. For instance, full funding was restored for 26 independent agencies that rely on the city for support. Council member George Meyers made the motion.
“When you look at the number of people who have lost their jobs and this economic downturn, people are hurting, these partner agencies are the ones that help sort of the least of these in our community,” said Meyers.
The mayor's budget cut those outside agencies by ten percent. As a result, Council member K.C. Crosby says city agencies will bear a larger share of spending cuts..
“I just want to clarify, by restoring this ten percent, we’re cutting government across the board and we’re not gonna cut any of our partner agencies at all,” said Crosby.
The council action today also keeps some communications personnel and eleven security guards on the city payroll. Mayor Jim Gray expressed disappointment in the council’s budget. Gray claims the council is putting off some hard financial decisions.