|Last mayoral election:||2010|
|Next mayoral election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last city council election:||2012|
|Next city council election:||November 4, 2014|
|City council seats:||15|
|2015 FY Budget:||$540 million|
|Population in 2013:||308,428|
African American 14.5%
Hispanic or Latino 6.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 0.3%
Two or More 2.5%
|Median household income:||$48,779|
|High school graduation rate:||88.7%|
|College graduation rate:||39.9%|
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Note: for the sake of convenience, "Lexington" and "the city of Lexington" are used throughout this article in reference to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County 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.
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. Greg Fischer is the current Mayor of Lexington.
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.
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. A map of Lexington's districts is shown below. A full list of city council members can be found here.
The city of Lexington, Kentucky will hold 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.
Nine of the fifteen city council seats are up for election. These include districts 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 in addition to three at-large seats. In the at-large race, the top candidate will also be declared vice-mayor.
Lexington's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015 was $540 million.
Office of the Mayor
200 E. Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Office: (859) 258-3100
Fax: (859) 258-3194
See here to contact individual council members.
- See also: Fayette County, Kentucky ballot measures
Population as of the July 2011 census update: 301,569. 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.
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.
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See also: Evaluation of Kentucky city websites
- A complete budget is posted.
- Elected officials and their contact information are posted.
- Administrative officials are posted with their contact information.
- Building permits and zoning information are posted.
- Audits are posted.
- Instructions on how to gain access to public records are online.
- Tax information is provided.
- Not all meeting agendas and minutes are posted.
- Contracts and lobbying information are not posted online.
- Lexington-Fayette Urban County City Charter, Article 1.01, accessed on September 9, 2014
- U.S Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on September 9, 2014
- Lexington-Fayette Urban County City Charter, Article 5.01, 5.04-5, 5.09, accessed on September 9, 2014
- City of Lexington, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on September 9, 2014
- City of Lexington, "Urban County Council," accessed on September 9, 2014
- City of Lexington, "Committees," accessed on August 6, 2014
- Kentucky State Board of Elections, "2014 Kentucky Election Calendar," accessed January 31, 2014
- City of Lexington, "2015 Budget in Brief," accessed on September 9, 2014
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- Open Secrets, "Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government," accessed on September 9, 2014
- City of Lexington, "Budget," accessed on September 9, 2014
- City of Lexington, "Elected officials," accessed on September 9, 2014
- City of Lexington, "Administrative officials," accessed on September 9, 2014
- City of Lexington, "Building permits and zoning information," accessed on September 9, 2014
- City of Lexington, "Audits," accessed on September 9, 2014
- City of Lexington, "Public records," accessed on September 9, 2014
- City of Lexington, "Tax information," accessed on September 9, 2014
- City of Lexington, "Meetings minutes and agendas," accessed on September 9, 2014