Jim Gray http://wkyufm.org en Lexington Mayor Suspends Rupp Renovation http://wkyufm.org/post/lexington-mayor-suspends-rupp-renovation <p>Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has suspended efforts to renovate the home of the University of Kentucky men's basketball team.<br /><br />The proposed $351 million project to renovate Rupp Arena and build a new convention center in downtown Lexington has languished for some time.<br /><br />Gray said Wednesday he suspended work on the project after UK withdrew its support for a proposed annual $10.7 million lease on Rupp, beginning in 2018. Gray said officials had designed the proposed renovation based on what the university said it needed.<br /><br />Gov. Steve Beshear said he still thinks the original project is what Lexington and the university need. The governor said he hopes UK will eventually be ready to move forward with the project.<br />&nbsp;<br />UK spokesman Jay Blanton said the university did not have any immediate comment.<br /> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:43:38 +0000 Associated Press 49765 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky AG: Constitutional Amendment Needed to Enact Local Option Sales Tax http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-ag-constitutional-amendment-needed-enact-local-option-sales-tax <p>The mayors of Lexington and Louisville believe Kentucky needs a local option sales tax to stay competitive. The tax is levied temporarily to finance public infrastructure projects, but an opinion issued this week by the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office says voters would first need to approve a constitutional amendment.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the opinion, local governments nor the General Assembly may enact a local option sales tax without changing the state constitution. The Courier-Journal reports the opinion was requested by the Louisville Metro Council. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray want counties to be able to locally increase the statewide sales tax and use the additional revenue for public projects.&nbsp; Voters would have to approve the tax and the projects it would fund in a local referendum.</p><p>In an opinion issued Monday by Attorney General Jack Conway, the first step would be amending the state constitution. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:17:29 +0000 Lisa Autry 24899 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Mayors to Speak about Crippling Pension Costs http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-mayors-speak-about-crippling-pension-costs <p></p><p>The mayors of Kentucky's two largest cities and other community leaders will call for legislative action to address rising pension costs and how they are impacting communities.</p><p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray are planning to speak about the pension problems Monday morning at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort.</p><p>The morning news conference will also preview a national report from the Pew Center on the States that addresses the impact of pension costs on cities, including Louisville.</p><p>Other officials scheduled to attend the event are Kentucky League of Cities director Jonathan Steiner and Kentucky Association of Counties president Tommy Turner. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:23:10 +0000 Associated Press 24506 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Mayors to Speak about Crippling Pension Costs