Ordinance would raise minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over three years
Lexington, Ky. – After months of deliberation and discussion, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government voted last night to put a minimum wage increase ordinance on an upcoming agenda.
The ordinance would raise the current minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour over three years. A final vote on the ordinance could come in November after two readings.
If passed, Lexington would be the second city in Kentucky to increase its minimum wage over the federal limit. In 2014, the Louisville metro government voted to increase the city’s minimum wage to $9 an hour over the three years. In July the first round of increases brought the city’s minimum wage to $7.75 an hour – 50 cents above the federal minimum wage.
The Lexington ordinance exempts tipped employees.
The council voted 8-6 in favor of putting the minimum wage ordinance on the council’s agenda.
The council had postponed taking up the measure in the past citing legal questions regarding the city’s authority to increase wages, and were monitoring the Louisville increase after it was challenged in court.