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|Budget Adjustment Fails at City Council Meeting
|What might normally been seen as a routine budget adjustment turned out the be anything but during Monday night's Galesburg City Council meeting.
The adjustment totaled about $1.9 million, which was basically a redistribution of funds from line item to line item, and did not include new spending.
First Ward Alderman Ken Goad, however, was not pleased some information regarding the measure was not sent to council members until Monday afternoon.
Fifth Ward Alderman Peter Schwartzman made a motion to table the measure, and Seventh Ward Alderman Jeremy Karlin suggested with all alderman and city staff present, it would have been a good time to discuss it right then.
Mayor Sal Garza, however, didn't agree.
"In terms of how extensive this agenda item is, we would probably better served to not create a meeting within a meeting," Garza said. "What I'm sensing here is there is concern in terms of information -- maybe not feeling comfortable -- because of the timing of all the information getting to the council members, that they're not in a position to be comfortable with voting in support of it."
The motion to table the measure failed and then the measure itself failed by a three to five margin.
Alderman Goad, Russell Fleming, Wayne Dennis, Wayne Allen, and Mayor Garza all voted against the measure.
City staff were instructed to speak with Goad and the Mayor regarding the proposed adjustment and council members were asked to address any further concerns to staff so the measure could be brought back to the next meeting.
|05 03 11 by Newsroom
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