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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2004 (revised June 23, 2004)
MAYOR SENDS LINE-ITEM VETOES TO CITY CLERK
Mayor Jeremy Harris yesterday sent to the City Clerk’s Office his line-item vetoes to the FY2004-2005 budget Bills 12 (Legislative), Bill 13 (Executive Operating) and Bill 14 (Capital).
As announced last Friday, Mayor Harris exercised his line-item veto powers because the Corporation Counsel said several Council-initiated provisos in Bills 13 and 14 violated State and City laws.
Mayor Harris also line-item vetoed $703,000 from Bill 12, the City Council’s $11.9 million budget, which he said, was the largest budget in City Council history. He pointed out that the Council’s budget increased by $2.9 million or 32.5% over the previous fiscal year while the administration’s budget was only 4.7% over FY 2004.
With the Mayor’s line-item veto, the Council will still have $11.2 million for FY2005, more than enough funds for its operation, elections, expansion of the auditor’s office and NACO convention.
“The money saved from the Council’s budget will allow us to correct revenue shortfalls in the Executive Operating Budget,” the Mayor said. “The City must have a balanced budget so in the spirit of compromise, I have line-item vetoed an amount needed to make up for shortfalls in the administration’s budget.”
Mayor Harris noted that while the Council approved the HGEA pay raises, they under funded the amount needed by $635,000. They also overestimated the revenues from the parking meter fee increase by $568,000.
“I’m concerned at the high level of expenditure totaling nearly $1 million for the NACO Conference (2004 and 2005 appropriations combined)…and am willing to have our conference organizers meet with your NACO coordinator to provide insights that have produced efficiencies and savings.”
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