Bloomington Mayor Vetoes Budget

Published 04/21 2014 05:15PM

Updated 04/21 2014 10:05PM

BLOOMINGTON - The mayor of Bloomington took unprecedented action on the budget on Monday night.

Council passed a budget that included a new motor fuel tax, as well as an amusement tax, but Mayor Tari Renner vetoed it.

It did not include a utility tax which would help pay for police and fire pensions. Renner says he couldn't sign the budget because it is fiscally irresponsible, and continues to kick the can down the road.

Other council members were hesitant about the added taxes as well.

“It does cost money. People want our streets to be funded appropriately,” said Ald. Scott Black. “Things cost more; cars are having more wear and tear. We have to be cognizant of this. My support of this is incredibly hesitant and we'll keep an eye on the feds and Springfield and see what they're going to be up to.”

Council will meet in another special session on Friday at 5:30 p.m. A two-thirds majority is necessary to override Renner’s veto.

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