Lexington council member Jay McChord says too much green is being spent on the city's golf greens each year. Council member Jay McChord says "I can't justify browning out fire stations and not browning out golf courses."
McChord wants the city to drive a portion of its golf subsidy into other public priorities. "Subsiding golf to the tune of $1.2 Million a year, when we can't pay to keep fire stations open, it needs to change and we need to do that quickly."
Brian Hafendorfer golfs at the cities courses a few times a week. Despite a love for the game, he doesn't believe funding it should compromise public safety. "I will never say that safety is less important than anything else. Safety is always top notch. Just to make sure that, if we had to take it out of the golf courses and put it into the fire station for public safety, I totally understand that", said Hafendorfer.
At the same time, Hafendorfer is concerned that the courses may not be up to par if funds are eliminated from them. "I don't want to see them get downgraded in terms of quality because than the participation will go way down, and revenue will start dropping off also", he said.
A Tuesday afternoon Fayette Urban County Council Meeting brought mixed opinions on the subject. "I can't support singling this out. I can't support spending time on this while we're in the council meeting", said Councilman Chris Ford.