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Council will consider overriding mayor’s veto

Council will consider overriding mayor’s veto

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council commends Mayor Gorton and her administration for their work on the proposed fiscal year 2025 (FY2025) budget. It is the role of the Council to review the Mayor’s proposed budget and make adjustments to reflect the priorities of our constituents and the needs of the City before adopting a final budget. This is one of the Council’s most essential functions in the shared governance of Lexington-Fayette County. During the Council’s budget process, the Council decided to prioritize and fund additional government positions following discussions with LFUCG division and department heads. These new positions will provide essential services to Lexington residents, including traffic management, improving road conditions, improving access to city resources and services, and additional support for our E911 services, fire and police.

In recent years, the administration has made very conservative revenue estimates that have consistently resulted in budget surpluses due to positive job and wage growth in Lexington. To fund these new positions without having to cut other budget priorities, the Council confidently voted to increase the fiscal year 2025 revenue estimates by just 0.15 percent. This adjustment will fund these necessary positions and allow us to live well within our means. This will in no way endanger the financial health of the government, threaten to unbalance the budget or force us to raise taxes.

The long-term financial health of the City is a top priority for Council and this is reflected in our funding and policy recommendations during the budget process. We have demonstrated this by recommending increased savings in our Economic Contingency Fund, continually evaluating our surety bonds to reduce debt payments, and improving cost savings by reducing employee overtime. The decision to add the 10 new positions represents the will of the vast majority of the Board and is based on careful review and extensive discussions with stakeholders. Despite the Mayor’s recent veto of these items, the approved budget reflects the many goals and priorities shared between the Council and the Mayor’s administration. We will continue to work together to develop budgets that affirm the values ​​of our community while meeting the needs of all Lexingtonians.

Council will discuss a proposal to override the Mayor’s veto to reinstate these needed positions on June 27, 2024 at the Council meeting at 6 p.m.

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