Dec 18, 2013 2:09 PM by Zach Thaxton

CS City Council backtracks on overriding veto

COLORADO SPRINGS - A major victory for Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach today in his budget battle with city council.

In a stunning turn of events, the council as a whole by and large changed its mind and agreed with the mayor that their amendments to the budget weren't really worth it.

Among the key decisions today, the police department will remain fully funded.

The mayor vetoed an amendment that would pull money from the police department to help fund parks watering.
Today, council backtracked on that and agreed to fully fund CSPD.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau and Regional Business Alliance will also receive their full funding allocation.

Council last week voted to slash those budgets by half, and the mayor vetoed those amendments.

Council did hold firm, though, on having twelve appropriation departments rather than the mayor's proposed five.

Mayor Bach vetoed that item, saying it was an attempt to, in his words, "straitjacket" the mayor's office when it comes to moving money.

Council overrode that veto with a super-majority 6-to-3 vote, setting up a potential court battle with each side claiming they're just abiding by the city charter.



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