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Posted: Friday, 09 May 2014 12:10PM

Hopkinsville Mayor Proposes $30 Million Budget

The proposed 30 million dollar budget from Hopkinsville's Mayor adds funds for the library and new sidewalks, but saves new and more ambitious projects for later administrations. During his budget address Friday morning, Mayor Dan Kemp laid out many of the successes of the past year, including securing funding for the new municipal building, renovation of the Lackey building into a police station, and funding the first phase of the Rail Trail. In the upcoming fiscal year, the Mayor says he has added additional funds for sidewalk construction and improvement.

Kemp says he has included the matching funds for a grant they have applied for with Pennyrile Allied Community Services to provide a public transportation system.

He adds that his proposed budget provides some additional funding for the Hopkinsville Christian County Public Library.

In addition to these changes from previous budgets, the Mayor included a 1.5-percent cost of living increase for city employees and funds for an additional fulltime public safety officer. Mayor Kemp says the City has a lot to finish this year with the new City building, police station, and Rail Trail but some other major projects may have to wait.

Kemp also addressed the city's debt showing it considerably lower than neighboring cities making it clear that Hopkinsville's debt is not out of line.

The Hopkinsville City Council will take up budget talks during meetings later this month.

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