Fiscal Court


The Fayette County Fiscal Court is composed of:

Fayette County Judge-Executive: Donald W. Blevins, Sr.
District 1 County Commissioner: Robert Pattie
District 2 County Commissioner: Doug Rigsby
District 3 County Commissioner: Chrysanthia Carr-Seals

Fiscal Court meetings are set each year by action of the Court.  For 2019, the Fiscal Court meets April 11, May 9, and June 13, 2019.

The May 9, 2019 meeting will be held in the LFUCG Phoenix Building, 4th Floor Conference Room, 101 E. Vine St., Lexington, Ky. 40507, at 1:30 p.m.

The meeting agenda packet can be found here:

May 9, 2019

 

The Fiscal Court considers funding for county-owned roads, and also, among other responsibilities, sets the official membership and dates for the Fayette County Local Board of Tax Appeals.

Kentucky Revised Statutes:

67.040   Fiscal court --Members --Presiding officer --Deadlock.(1)The  fiscal  court  of  each  county  shall  consist of the county judge/executive and the justices  of  the  peace  of  the  county;  or  of  the  county  judge/executive  and  three  (3) county commissioners elected under KRS 67.050 and 67.060.(2)The  county  judge/executiveshall  preside,  if  present.  A  majority  of  the  justices  of the peace or commissioners shall elect one (1) of their number to preside during the absence  or  inability  of  the  county  judge/executive  to  preside.  If any person fails to comply with a lawful order of the fiscal court, the Circuit Court, on application by the county judge/executive, may compel obedience by proceedings for contempt.(3)When  there  is  a  tie  vote  in  the  fiscal  court  in  the  selection  of  any  officer  or employee to be selected by the fiscal court, and a deadlock results and continues for fifteen  (15)  days  or  longer,  the  county  judge/executive  shall  cause  to  be  entered upon  the  minutes  of  the  fiscal  court  an  order  reciting  the  facts  as  to  the  deadlock, and  the  question  upon  which  it  has  occurred  and  exists,  and  thereupon,  the  county judge/executive shall make such appointment.Effective:June 17, 1978

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Charter:

Sec. 11.01. - County Judge. Nothing in this Charter shall be construed to alter or affect the election, term or compensation of the County Judge; nor shall any provision of this Charter be construed to alter or affect the judicial powers, duties and responsibilities of the County Judge as prescribed by the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The County Judge is hereby recognized as an officer of the Merged Government in the exercise of his judicial functions, having the same relationship to the Merged Government in the performance of said functions as previously existed between the County Judge and the County of Fayette.

The term "judicial powers" shall be construed to include all those powers and functions generally held to be judicial in nature that accrue to the County Judge as Judge of the County Court and Judge of the Quarterly Court, including the power to appoint all officers of said Courts as prescribed by law.

In addition to the aforementioned judicial powers, the County Judge shall retain:

(1) The power to fill vacancies in the office of Sheriff, Coroner, Surveyor, County Clerk, County Attorney, Jailer and Property Valuation Administrator in accordance with the provision of KRS 63.220;

(2) The power to appoint a three (3) member Board of Supervisors in accordance with the terms and provisions of KRS 133.020;

(3) Such powers over the organization and conduct of elections as the County Judge may be assigned under the laws of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; and

(4) The right to serve on the County Budget Commission in accordance with the provisions of KRS 68.230.

Annotation— The county judge no longer retains any judicial powers following the adoption and implementation of Kentucky Constitution Sections 109-124, effective January 1, 1976. The title of the position is now county judge/executive pursuant to KRS 67.700 et seq. See note at Section 7.06 relating to the board of assessment appeals and note at Section 7.05 relating to budget commissions.

Sec. 11.02. - Fiscal Court.

Nothing in this Charter shall be construed to alter or affect the election or term of members of the County Fiscal Court.

A. Composition—The County Fiscal Court shall be composed of the Judge of the County Court and three (3) Commissioners to be elected from the Urban County at-large in accordance with the Constitution and laws of Kentucky pertaining to the election of said officers.

B. Compensation of Fiscal Court Commissioners—Fiscal Court Commissioners shall receive no compensation for their services.

C. Powers—The Fiscal Court shall retain:

(1) Its powers to levy the ad valorem tax and such other taxes as may be provided by law for public schools as specified by the Fayette County School District; and

(2)  Its powers under KRS 179.420 to advise the Kentucky Department of Highways concerning the construction and maintenance of roads to be funded under the State Rural Secondary Highway Fund and the State Rural Highway Fund; and

(3)  Its power to appoint one (1) person to serve along with the County Judge and the County Attorney on the County Budget Commission.

The Fiscal Court is hereby deprived of the power to levy taxes other than those specifically mentioned in this section, to approve or disapprove local acts or otherwise administer the governmental affairs of the Merged Government. Said powers are hereby transferred to the Urban County Government.

Annotation— Subsection B requiring members of the fiscal court to serve without compensation is invalid. Holsclaw v. Stephens, supra, at 481, note 2. The salary of the members is set by Code of Ordinances Section 22-5. Subsection C(1) has been effectively amended by the provision of KRS 160.460 providing for the levy of all school taxes by the board of education of each school district. Subsection C(2) was addressed in OAG 77-754, wherein it was held that inasmuch as KRS 179.420 actually applied to the county road program rather than the secondary and rural road program, that Charter Section 11.02(C)(2) should be read to apply to the county road program. Subsequently, KRS 179.420 was repealed and KRS 179.415 was enacted by the 1980 General Assembly. The fiscal court and council annually enter into an agreement deciding how the county road aid program monies are to be used on county roads and bridges in Fayette County. See note at Section 7.05 with respect to the county budget commission.