BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- After the Bloomington mayor said he would veto the 2015 budget last week, the council met Monday night in hopes of passing it.
After a lengthy discussion from all the aldermen, the contentious utility taxes passed with a 6-3 vote.
Without the utility tax, the city would have had to spend more than one million dollars of the city's reserve funds.
That's something mayor Tari Renner strongly opposed.
But with the budget now fully funded, Renner approved.
"The aggregate of this will be almost dollar for dollar, cuts and fee and tax increases, almost dollar for dollar," said Bloomington mayor Tari Renner. "We were trying to do this in a balanced way, because what we heard from most people is we generally like our public services."
After approving the budget, the council started the 2016 budget workshop.