Flint mayor vetoes city budget after raising objection, council to consider override

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FLINT (WJRT) (6/12/2018) - Flint Mayor Karen Weaver has vetoed the budget that City Council members approved in a split vote last week.

The council now is planning to meet Wednesday and consider overriding her veto.

Weaver and Flint Chief Financial Officer Hughey Newsome blasted the council for adding about $267,000 of what they consider wasteful spending to the $56 million budget.

The council's additions include:
-- Creation of a full-time parliamentarian position, which would be responsible for keeping the council's business on track.
-- Creation of a new full-time deputy clerk position.
-- A $20,000 pay raise for the city clerk.
-- Extending health benefits to part-time employees, who include council members.

Council members voted 6-3 last week to approve the budget. The city charter requires a two-thirds vote, or the same 6-3 margin, to override the veto.

Weaver pointed out the budget is Flint's first approved without state oversight since an emergency manager was appointed to manage the city's affairs in 2011.

“Just as I have the right to veto the budget, the City Council has the right to override that veto," she said in a statement. "It is my hope that they would strongly consider my reasons for vetoing and that the council and I can work together to create a budget that can sustain the city for years to come.”

The 2018-2019 city budget takes effect on July 1.