City’s $110M budget fails by one vote

July 30, 2014 • Local News

The city of Roswell’s proposed $110 million budget came up a vote shy of passage Tuesday night as city leaders literally scrambled after the meeting to find a solution.

Not submitting a final budget to the state Department of Finance and Administration by Thursday’s deadline will at least result in an audit finding against the city, said City Manager Larry Fry.

Other political and administrative consequences of not having a spending plan in place, while the city is a month into its 2014-15 fiscal year, were uncertain.

Seven city councilors attended Tuesday night’s special City Council meeting when a resolution approving the city’s final budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year was on the agenda, along with a few other “housekeeping” items that were expected to pass, and unanimously.

When the final budget came up for a vote, the City Council voted 5-2 to approve the resolution, but Fry noted a majority of the entire 10-member City Council must vote in favor of a city budget for a budget to be adopted.

City Councilors Jeanine Corn Best, Tabitha Denny, Caleb Grant, Natasha Mackey and Jason Perry voted in favor of the budget resolution.

City Councilors Steve Henderson and Juan Oropesa voted against it.

City Councilors Savino Sanchez Jr., Art Sandoval and Elena Velasquez did not attend Tuesday night’s special meeting.

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