At issue is the loan order to cover the cost of leasing of the now-closed
The loan order was not the first choice to fund the lease. The proposal was first intended to come out of the city budget, then the school budget.
The city then tried to reconfigure the loan from the
McGeary defended his decision Monday on the eve of tonight's hearing.
"It's a good use of the money," he said.
But McGeary's colleague, Ward 2 City Councilor
She noted the lease covers utility costs as well.
"I don't approve of the loan order to pay the utilities," she said.
McGeary said the council is expected to vote tonight at the close of the public hearing.
Meanwhile, as a result of some of the backlash about the decision-making process behind choosing St. Ann's over Fuller and the cost of the lease, city councilors have filed an ordinance to gain some input on future lease deals. That proposed ordinance is the subject of another public hearing tonight.
If passed, the ordinance would require the
"The city shall lease no real property or structure in excess of one year unless the funding for that lease is expressly approved by a majority of the membership of the
The proposal, similar to one vetoed by Mayor
While some city councilors are supporting the measure, however, McGeary said he believes the city charter has a clear separation of powers between city councilors and the city's administration, and that this ordinance could be seen as violating those guidelines.
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