City’s Revenue Losses Not As Bad As Expected

Lexington’s finance director, Jake Adams, reported that revenue losses in the fourth quarter of FY 2020 were “not as severe as expected” at a City Council work session on Sept. 3, prompting Council members to dream about reallocating extra funding later on.

Adams recommended November as the opportune month in which to review the budget. That’s around the time that the first quarter financial report for FY 21 should come out.

“I’m glad to hear that we’ll revisit that,” Council member Michele Hentz said. “I just want to say that I’m hoping we could take a look again at recycling.”

Hentz said that she’d been getting a lot of comments from community members who want recycling to come back.

City Manager Jim Halaz said they are looking at separated recycling of certain items.

“Single stream recycling doesn’t really work,” he said. “It gets contaminates in the recycling, and most of those loads end up in the landfill, and it’s very difficult, in an unmanned situation, when people just put their recycling out in a box by the curbside, to control what goes into those recycling containers.”

Mayor Frank Friedman added that he’d like Council to think about using some of the extra funds to repair the entrance to Evergreen Cemetery.

“As part of the exercise in looking at our city cemeteries, and personally visiting Evergreen Cemetery, [I learned] that the entrance is in very poor condition,” he said. “If revenues turn out to be better than we anticipate, we may take on some projects.”

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