Urban County Council again delays vote on money for projects in council districts

bmusgrave@herald-leader.comSeptember 26, 2013 

The Urban County Council delayed a vote Thursday for a second time on a proposal to use $2.25 million from a $7.6 million surplus on capital projects in the 15 council districts.

The council voted unanimously Thursday to postpone a vote until after Oct. 1, when updated figures on the city's surplus would be available.

The proposal, first discussed in late August, has created division on the council. The original proposal was for $3.7 million — $250,000 for each council member. All council members are up for re-election in 2014.

After receiving push-back from some council members and the public, Urban County Councilman Chris Ford proposed reducing the amount to $2.25 million and allowing the entire council to vet projects rather than giving each council member money to spend as he or she wishes. That proposal passed at the Sept. 12 meeting. City officials are expected to give the council preliminary surplus figures at a budget meeting Oct. 1.

The next council meeting after Oct. 1 is Oct. 10.

Beth Musgrave: (859) 231-3205. Twitter: @HLCityhall. Blog: Bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com.

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