Lexington Mayor Jim Gray

Mondays With The Mayors - Jim Gray, Lexington

Mar 11, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mondays With The Mayors returns with a visit with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.  The mayor discusses the passage of House Bill 430 which alters the pension agreement between the city and the police and fire departments, and addresses a concern about downtown parking sent in from one of our listeners.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington’s acting city finance commissioner is set to take over the job full time, pending approval by the city council.

Kentucky Metro Leaders to Draft Legislation for Local Option Sales Tax

Feb 12, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Though the effort for a local option sales tax lacks support from principals in the General Assembly, Mayor Greg Fischer and other leaders from Kentucky's largest communities still went to Frankfort on Tuesday to push for a constitutional amendment.

Calling themselves the Metropolitan Alliance for Growth, the group is creating its own draft of legislation for a local option sales tax—but they call it LIFT, for Local Investments for Transformation.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the city may introduce legislation in the General Assembly to wrest control of its troubled police and fire pension fund away from state lawmakers. 

Lexington is the only city in Kentucky where police and firefighters are not covered by the state pension system.  The onus is on the city to have one and fund it, but control of the plan rests with the legislature.  Mayor Gray says despite annual contributions, the fund is currently 258 million dollars in the hole.