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Apr 18, 2014 8:04 PM by Leah Kraus

Bickering continues as Pueblo City Council fights closed session meetings

Pueblo City Council maintains it did nothing wrong after one of their own members accused them of breaking the Sunshine Law by discussing plans behind closed doors for a half cent tax during executive session.

The Sunshine Law states that all meetings of two or more members of any state body where public business is discussed must be open to the public.

City Councilman Chris Nicoll faced a tempestuous crowd Friday afternoon at a press conference.

"I believe this was an intentional action to craft a direct public policy in a series of private meetings in an effort to ensure the public would not have an opportunity to comment or offer a consenting point during this process," he said.

He says that in a series of meetings during the closed door sessions the Council talked about how to change what the tax would be used for and how to word it on the November ballot. Nicoll says the problem is that the public was not invited.

Council President Sandy Daff says according to the city attorney the Council didn't do anything wrong.

"What our comunity needs to know is that this Council is working hard to improve our community," she says.

Nicoll says the improvements they want to make should be discussed openly. He wants to move forward with an independent investigation. The City Council says that would be a waste of taxpayer money.

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