Lexington, Kentucky

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Lexington, Kentucky
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General information
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Mayor:Jim Gray
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:November 4, 2014
Next mayoral election:2018
Last city council election:November 4, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:15
2015 FY Budget:$540 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:308,428
Gender:50.8% Female
Race:White 75.7%
African American 14.5%
Hispanic or Latino 6.9%
Asian 3.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.3%
Two or More 2.5%
Unemployment:6.3%
Median household income:$48,779
High school graduation rate:88.7%
College graduation rate:39.9%
Related Lexington offices
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Kentucky state executive offices
Lexington is a city in Fayette County, Kentucky. In 1974, the governments of the city of Lexington and Fayette County combined to create the current Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.[1] For the sake of brevity and consistency, however, "Lexington" and "the city of Lexington" are used throughout this article in reference to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. As of 2013, the population of Lexington-Fayette was 308,428.[2]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Lexington utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also holds veto powers and represents the city on the state, national and international levels..[3] Greg Fischer is the current Mayor of Lexington.[4]

City council

The Lexington City Council - more commonly known as the Urban County Council (in reference to the city-county merger) - is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[5]

Membership

Lexington's city council has fifteen members. Three are elected at-large to serve four year terms, while the other twelve are elected by the city's twelve districts to serve two year terms.[5] A map of Lexington's districts is shown below. A full list of city council members can be found here.

Committees

The Lexington City Council has six standing committees that are responsible for shaping city policies and drafting legislation.[6] For a full list of city council committees, see here.

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Elections

2014

The city of Lexington, Kentucky held nonpartisan elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28, 2014.[7]

All fifteen city council seats were up for election.

Budget

Lexington's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 was $540 million.[8]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
200 E. Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Office: (859) 258-3100
Fax: (859) 258-3194
mayor@lexingtonky.gov

See here to contact individual council members.

Ballot measures

See also: Fayette County, Kentucky ballot measures

The city of Lexington is in Fayette County. A list of ballot measures in Fayette County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Kentucky

Population as of the July 2011 census update: 301,569.[9] Lexington is an urban county government with charter.

Although state law does not grant or authorize local adoption of initiative power to propose ordinances, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Charter authorizes initiative for citizens to propose and vote on amendments to the charter. Petitions must be signed by 10% of the vote cast in the last preceding regular mayoral election of the Merged Government, and filed with the County Clerk not less than 90 days prior to the next regular general election. The proposed amendment will be placed on the ballot where a majority vote passes the measure.

Lobbying

In 2010, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County government spent a total of $37,368 on federal lobbying. The city filed one report for Federal Budget and Appropriations and one report for Environment and Superfund. No information after 2010 is available.[10]

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process

See also: Evaluation of Kentucky city websites

The good

  • A complete budget is posted.[11]
  • Elected officials and their contact information are posted.[12]
  • Administrative officials are posted with their contact information.[13]
  • Building permits and zoning information are posted.[14]
  • Audits are posted.[15]
  • Instructions on how to gain access to public records are online.[16]
  • Tax information is provided.[17]

The bad

  • Not all meeting agendas and minutes are posted.[18]
  • Contracts and lobbying information are not posted online.

See also

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