In one move, the council denied Mayor
In a second vote, the council eliminated most business license fees -- a move Bach said he will be forced to veto.
Both moves leave the city where it was before the votes. The council decided to stick with the original capital improvement budget and not transfer money to a troubled IT department. Council members said they needed more information on why the money should be taken from a paving project on
"I haven't gotten a sense of urgency of what the needs are," said council member
Bach said the council was briefed about the IT department issues in closed session two weeks ago. He added that he had not heard questions or concerns from council members about the issue.
"There is no rationale for the decision they made, except political," he said.
There was no mention among council members of the recent internal investigation into the IT department. Some council members expressed concern that the IT department chief of security recently left the position.
Ten IT employees were placed on paid administrative leave in January and eventually were asked to take "reduction in force packages." The chief of IT left in April after a little more than a year on the job.
On the issue of business license fees, Bach said he would veto the council's ordinances that eliminate fees on most of the city licenses. The council split 5-4 on the vote, with six votes required to override a mayoral veto.
The proposal by council member
Collins said scrapping the fees will attract more small businesses to the area.
"We will have more businesses moving into the city," she said. "We will be unique -- and there will be more revenue into the city."
Bach opposed the ordinances. He said the
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