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Itching to add your two cents on Mayor Linda Gorton's city budget? You'll get a chance this week.

Josh James

It’s time for Lexington citizens to weigh in on Mayor Linda Gorton’s record-breaking $505 million budget proposal.

The Urban County Council has been hard at work digging into the spending plan over the last few weeks, as it considers proposals such as a new real-time intelligence center to aid law enforcement, a new police and fire training facility, a second senior center, and plans to restart the search for a new city hall, among many other recommendations.

Until now, the document has been in the hands of city leaders. This Thursday, Lexington citizens will have a turn at the podium to offer their opinions and make suggestions.

"So if anybody has any thoughts or ideas of projects they want to see funded around the city, they should show and make sure to make a comment on what they want to see funded," Jillian Riseman is with CivicLex says.

The public comment on the budget will happen during the council’s regular 6 PM meeting on Thursday.

If you can’t attend, but would like to have your say, you can contact your councilmember directly, check out of the CivicLex Budget database, which breaks down complex spending document into easier-to-understand bits and pieces, or attend a budget workshop with CivicLex this month.

The council’s budget will be voted on in June – with an effective date of July 1.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.