City Budget Hopeful

Sherrilyn Medley prepared to drive from the first tee Tuesday at Meadowbrook Golf Course. She said she started playing at the city-owned course more than 30 years ago. | David Perry | staff | Lexington Herald-Leader

Lexington public golf courses now run more efficiently, Urban County Council is told

by Beverly Fortune, 5.1.12,

Lexington taxpayers are expected to subsidize city golf about $500,000 less this year because of better business at the city’s five public courses.

Sally Hamilton, commissioner of general services, told the Urban County Council on Tuesday that she anticipated the city’s subsidy of golf would drop from $1.2 million in fiscal year 2011 to about $735,000 in fiscal year 2012, which ends June 30.

As the council began deliberating the city’s next budget and spending plan, council member Jay McChord asked Hamilton last week for a report on golf’s revenue, expenses and rounds played per course….Read more at

Lexington Skyline | photo by Jeff Rogers |

 Firefighting, golf dominate discussion as Lexington council begins budget deliberations

by Beverly Fortune and Josh Kegley, 4.25.12,

As Lexington’s Urban County Council begins deliberating the city’s 2013 budget, discussion of two disparate line items — public golf courses and firefighting — illustrate the challenges ahead.

Two weeks ago, Mayor Jim Gray presented his 2013 budget. The $289.3 million spending plan is an increase of 5 percent over last year’s budget. On Tuesday, the council began dissecting the mayor’s proposals, the city’s spending, and cost-cutting measures. While this year’s budget discussions will not be as painful as they have been in the recent past, funding remains tight.

The final budget document must be approved by the end of the fiscal year on June 30…Read more at

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“Mayor’s budget tells story of city’s lean resources” Editorial Opinion, 4.13.12, Lexington Herald-Leader



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