BG City Commission Passes Budget

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Operation P.R.I.D.E. and its supporters will have to find another source of income next year to combat budget cuts from the city of Bowling Green.

The city commission voted to approve their budget plan that would take away 50 percent of the city's funding given to Operation P.R.I.D.E. every year.

The P.R.I.D.E. program helps coordinate community efforts to clean up and improve the city's visual appearance for visitors.

Former mayor and P.R.I.D.E. founder Jonny Webb had hoped to change the commission's mind.

"I think that Operation P.R.I.D.E. has made a huge difference in the aesthetics of Warren County. We're probably more proud of the things that you don't see as we are of the things that you do see in Bowling Green," Webb said.

The commission voted unanimously to uphold their earlier decision and commissioner Brian Strow says the entire budget comes after a lengthy and very public decision-making process.

"In my mind we've gone through the process already so tonight is sort of going through the motions. So I don't expect any big changes tonight," Strow said.

The $84 million budget will go into effect July 1.