6:11am

Mon June 3, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Working to Build a Final Budget

Credit Lexington Urban County Government

It’s getting down to crunch time for local governments across Kentucky as councils and commissions prepare to vote on new budgets.  In Lexington, city leaders will make some adjustments over the next couple of weeks.  Vice Mayor Linda Gorton says council members should get an update Tuesday on how much money is available.

“We’ll have that meeting where we see the updated revenue estimate, the revenue estimate could be more or it could be less.  We’ll get the mayor’s late items.  Those are the items that were either overlooked or there in process, but not finished.  And they won’t be finished by the time the new budget rolls in those kinds of things,” said Gorton.

Over the next week or so, Gorton says some council members may offer up some new ideas.

“It will be interesting to see what individual council members recommend.  That’s always the interesting thing and a lot of times its projects in their districts,” added Gorton.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray outlined his budget priorities during a speech before Council in April.  Vice Mayor Gorton doesn’t expect wholesale changes.

“I don’t anticipate anything wildly controversial.   You know, I think, in the beginning the mayor put together a pretty good budget, so that’s why you’re not seeing a lot of ‘wild’ variations,” said Gorton.

Gorton says firm decisions about spending are likely to occur during the June eleventh meeting.  She says final passage is set for June 20th.