Bloomington mayor vetoes 2015 budget plan

By WEEK Producer

April 22, 2014 Updated Apr 22, 2014 at 10:56 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The Bloomington City council has been working for nine months on next year's budget and they are going to have to wait a few more days until it's complete.

The 2015 budget passed with a six to three vote, but the mayor vetoed it.

Three of the four tax amendments were passed, including a 4-percent amusement tax and a 4 cent per gallon local motor fuel tax.

The amendment for utility taxes didn't get approved.

Because of that, there was be a gap in costs that would have to come from somewhere else.

"We would have to borrow about $1.7 million total and I'm not going to sign a budget that means we are going to have to take money out of our savings just to make it through the day and that doesn't step up to the plate and fund our police firefighter pensions," said Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner.

The council will meet on Friday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the budget again.

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