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Mayor prepares to veto budget proposal

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The $57 million budget plan may make a comeback at the next Monroe City Council meeting.

"I think he should accept it but he's going to veto it," Resident Nell Bradley said.

Three council members are in favor. But council members Gretchen Ezernack and Kenneth Wilson are opposing the budget. They believe some added amendments at the last minute, such as increasing the council's budget by six figures without an explanation, rubbed them the wrong way. Mayor Jamie Mayo agrees.

"They made a decision to make those changes at that time with no input of the administration," Mayo said.

Other changes on the proposed budget allocates money for raises at the police department along with taking money away from the engineering department. Another difference is $50,000 are heading to the Ouachita Council on Aging.

"It just transferred money to take care of the Council on Aging," Bradley said.

But opponents say this is not a fair or balanced budget.

"All of us are for senior citizens, we're supporting them, supporting non profits, supporting employees but it has to be done in a proper order," Mayo said. 

City charter requires Mayo to list the reasons behind a veto. He says he will inform taxpayers of those reasons later this week.

"Then, all will be able to understand some of the things that will be impacted as a result of inexperienced actions by inexperienced council members," Mayo said.

City charter says it takes two-thirds vote from City Council, more or less four people, to override the veto.

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