In February the City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that gives more oversight to the city’s budget process. But in an e-mail to city officials, Council President Mark Smith said Mayor Don Gough refuses to sign it.
The measure requires that transfer of funds between departments ordered by the Mayor must be confirmed by the City Council — provided that the amount is more than $10,000 or if the transfer would bring the total amount of all transfers to more than $50,000 in any calendar year. The ordinance is only effective for the 2011-2012 biennium.
Council Vice President Kerri Lonergan-Dreke said they put in a tremendous amount of time into passing the current budget and they want it to be adhered to. Councilmember Jim Smith agrees. “I am totally baffled why the mayor would not be open to more transparency and oversight. I thought this was a team effort,” he told us.
According to state law, if the mayor does not veto or sign an ordinance within 10 days of it being passed by the council, the ordinance then goes into effect. Because the ordinance was passed on Feb. 28, it is already in effect.