The Lexington Herald-Leader published a letter a couple days ago by Andy Hightower of the Kentucky Club for Growth. Hightower was questioning the wasteful spending of having publicly subsidized golf courses that are not able to recover their own operating costs while city fire stations suffer brownouts and put citizens at risk. He was right on the money when he said:
These golf courses are operated continuously year-round, rain or snow, never closed or “browned out.” Clearly, the city’s leaders feel spending on golf is a higher priority than spending on fire safety.
The annual budget is the ultimate statement of policy priorities. If Lexington’s mayor and council wish to prioritize public safety, they have an opportunity to demonstrate it in the 2013 budget.