Mayor talks budget, Rupp in merged government address

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

At a Lexington Forum Lunch, Mayor Jim Gray served up the entree in the form the state of the merged government.

It was more than a mouth full--lasting nearly 40 minutes, but he did give the 500 audience members something to chew on. He discussed the city's budget and the ongoing negotiations with firefighters, corrections and police.

"I'm pleased to report our firefighters stepped up to help the city and sacrificed," Gray said from the podium, while met with applause. He continued "And so have corrections in an agreement approved just last night."

While Gray reported Police negiotiations continue, he gave food for thought about Rupp Arena.

As folks continued to dine in the Bluegrass Ballroom on the Lexinton Center, Gray said the metaphorical glass is more than half full when it comes to Rupp.

While showing new pictures of the proposed renovation and areas around Rupp, Gray talked about 800-1000 new lower arena seats and chair backs for all seats. He also says the progress made on this project trumps desert.

"It's not all about Rupp; it's also about the entire district and the way it relates to downtown," Gray explained. "In other cities, like Columbus, districts like this are proven winners when it comes to job creation and economic development."

There wasn't a timeline given for the rupp project. The Task Force will give Gray their final recommendations January 31.

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