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Lexington Council Expected to Pass New Budget


Lexington’s council is expected to take final action Thursday night on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.  

Council made relatively few changes to Mayor Jim Gray’s recommended spending plan.

Mayor Jim Gray made his pitch in April for the $358 million budget.  Among other items, he called for beginning the work to establish a fourth police sector with the hiring of 30 new police officers. 

The proposed budget also sets up a new program, One Lexington, with the aim of better coordination of public and private partners in dealing with violent crime and other social issues. 

One of the few council changes calls for spending $477,000 for emergency medical technicians to staff a 12th ambulance. 

The budget for the fiscal year beginning in less than two weeks also sets in place a two percent pay raise for city employees outside of police, fire, and corrections.  Those employees are covered under collective bargaining agreements.

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