Vetoes Save Lexington $889 Thousand

Jul 1, 2011

Lexington's Mayor has vetoed three items in the budget approved by the Urban County Council. Mayor Jim Gray's veto cut $400,000 in spending on disc golf, lacrosse, and other capital projects.  Gray also vetoed the funding restored by the council for outside agencies that provide services to the city.  The third veto, assuming it's not over-ridden by the council, means seven employees in government communications would lose their jobs.

“We’re not gonna be able to come out stronger on the other side of this recession of we don’t get our own house in order and that’s exactly what these vetoes focus on,” said Gray.

Saying profits from tournaments at the proposed disc golf facilities could offset construction costs, council member Tom Blues was willing to borrow the necessary fund.  But Blues says he'll back the mayor..

“I’m not planning to reject that veto if it does come up in council,” said Blues.

Blue’s not sure how council will react to the vetoes.  They'll likely be up for discussion next Thursday.