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Bowling Green, Kentucky

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Bowling Green is a town in Warrren County in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Its population is about 58,067 as of the 2010 census.[1]

Evaluation of the Website

Last rated on Jan. 10, 2012

The good

  • A budget is posted on the website.[2]
  • Contact information is listed for elected officials.[3]
  • Agendas and minutes are posted online.[4]
  • Instructions on how to make a public records request are online.[5]
  • Tax information is online.[6]
  • Zoning information is online.[7]
  • Current contracts up for bid[8] and previously awarded bid information[9] posted.
  • Audits are posted.[10]

The bad

  • The website does not have individual contact information for administrative officials
  • There is no information on city lobbying.

Transparency & public records

The form to make a public records request is online.[11]

Elected Officials

Board of Commissioners

Bowling Green has four elected commissioners, who each serve two-year terms. As of March 2011, three of the commissioners are: Bill Waltrip, Brian "Slim" Nash, and Bruce Wilkerson.[12]


Joe Denning is the mayor of Bowling Green. Before he was mayor, he on the board of commissioners from 1994-2004 and then from 2007-2011.[13]


The mayor is paid $15,426.62, and the city commissioners are each paid $12,855.88.[14]

Public employees

In 2011, there are 451 full-time employees and 269 part-time employees, for a total of 720 employees. This is a decline from 2009-10's budget year of 747 employees.[15] These employees are in the following departments:

  • Legislative - 5 part time
  • City Manager - 7 full time, 1 part time
  • Finance - 18 full time, 5 part time
  • Human resources - 6 full time, 4 part time
  • Legal - 2 full time
  • Information technology - 9 full time
  • Police - 151 full time, 28 part time
  • Fire - 124 full time
  • Public works - 52 full time
  • Parks and recreation - 60 full time, 225 part time
  • Housing and community development - 22 full time, 1 part time

Emergency personell

In 2011, there are 151 full-time and 28 part-time police officers, for a total cost of $10,895,096. In this budget year, there are 124 full-time firemen, costing $10,353,089.[16]


See also: Kentucky state budget

The budget for 2010-11 is $93,066,953, and increase of $2,212,503 over the 2009-10 budget.[17]


Revenues came from:

  • $15,346,500 in taxes
  • $34,732,500 in occupational fees
  • $643,000 in licenses and fees
  • $7,474,830 in intergovernmental funds
  • $2,660,570 in fees
  • $1,808,081 in charges for services
  • $2,413,063 from parks and recreation
  • $8,806,128 from miscellaneous sources
  • $16,693,075 in transfers in


  • $12,121,934 in general government
  • $25,558,611 in public safety
  • $9,699,791 in public works
  • $8,713,541 in parks and recreation
  • $5,167,001 in planning and development
  • $288,093 in community services
  • $11,949,380 in debt service
  • $1,628,057 in intergovernmental funds
  • $500,000 in contingency
  • $16,681,325 in transfers out


See also: Kentucky government sector lobbying

Bowling Green is a member of the National League of Cities, a national organization that lobbies on behalf of cities.[18]

The city is also a member of the Kentucky League of Cities, a Kentucky-wide organization that lobbies on the state and national levels on behalf of Kentucky cities.[19]

Help to build a transparent and accountable government in Bowling Green


Fairmont Properties out, Investors Equity in

May 25, 2008--Fairmont Properties was apparently removed as the lead investor in Bowling Green's flailing downtown development plan. Because future taxes from private investment must be sufficient to pay for a baseball stadium, parking garage and performing arts theatre, the project must be larger (and generate a higher stream of private revenues).

“We just had an excellent meeting with them (Investors Equity), and we’re very pleased with how things looked from their perspective,” (Mayor Elaine) Walker said. “The benefit for us is that they are actually looking at increasing the scope of that project, which would increase the revenue. It would be a little bit higher density."

Could Fairmont have wanted out of this project because it sees the handwriting on the wall: Financing is more expensive, credit markets are more skittish of projects with questionable revenue models and the proponents keep changing the plan. Something smells fishy.[20]


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