Lexington approved a $371 million budget Monday.
Mayor Jim Gray says that changes in the state pension did represent a challenge. But, he says, the increase in pension contributions is offset by anticipated increases in revenue.
Some tangible changes folks may see over the next year include new fire and police equipment, new playground equipment at Shillito Park and a major renovation to Rupp Arena that will involve significant job growth.
Gray says he’s also excited about the creation of monument honoring the contributions of women to the community. That work will continue over the next budget year.
Overall, he says, the budget was divided into three major priorities - public safety, job creation and improving the overall quality of life.
This is Gray’s eighth and final budget. The next mayor of Lexington will be determined in a November election.