Friday, July 25, 2003

Lexington, UK share traffic tab

The Associated Press

LEXINGTON - The University of Kentucky will have to pay the city's cost for traffic control at football games, but the city will absorb the cost for traffic control at UK basketball games, according to an agreement reached Thursday.

The university and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government announced the agreement Thursday.

The university will pay the city $88,882.13, which is the projected cost for city police to control traffic at UK home football games.

The projected cost of $38,053.94 for traffic control at basketball games will be absorbed by the city.

Citing budget concerns, Lexington Mayor Teresa Ann Isaac had written UK President Lee Todd, asking the university to pay for all traffic control at football and basketball games. The city has absorbed the cost for years.

Todd and Isaac both issued prepared statements on Thursday.

"Through all of our discussions with the mayor and her staff, we have recognized the city has serious budget issues to contend with, as does the university," Todd said.

"We knew that we would develop a plan that is fair and equitable for both of us and believe we have achieved that. Frankly, this has been a much bigger issue out in the community than between the mayor and me."

"There was never a doubt in my mind that an agreement would be reached before the start of the football season," Isaac said.

"Both Dr. Todd and I realized the importance of UK activities and the need for trained and experienced officers to direct traffic."

Kentucky will open its football season at home on Aug. 31 against Louisville.

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