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Mayo vetoes budget as expected

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Mayor Mayo at press conference // Jillian Corder, KNOE Mayor Mayo at press conference // Jillian Corder, KNOE

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - As expected, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo has vetoed the proposed city budget. The mayor made that announcement LIVE during KNOE 8 News at 6p.

After a full review of the proposed budget, Mayo said he could not approve a budget that would result in a deficit, would violate multiple city charters, would cut positions that could not be cut and would cut the salaries of some workers while raising the salaries of others.

"It is clear that the Council's changes, presented by Dr. Ray Armstrong, will result in an unbalanced budget," says Mayor Mayo.

In the last few weeks, Mayo had voiced disapproval of amendments that were added to the 57-million dollar budget at the last minute. Earlier this week, three council members voted in favor of the revised budget, while two agreed the amendments did not come with enough explanation.

"We have a $520,000 operating deficit. I'm working and will continue to work with the Mayor and his administration," says Kenneth Wilson.

Also in favor of the veto is Councilwoman Gretchen Ezernack.

"Some jobs were eliminated, but the Council budget was increased," says Ezernack, "that's something I certainly could not live with."

For the City Council to override the Mayor's veto, they need a 4 to 1 vote. If they can't reach that, the original budget proposed by Mayor Mayo will be enacted.

 

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