The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Politics

July 1, 2013

Elwood City Council members want more control of city spending

Wastewater utility spending source of concern

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It was not immediately clear Monday night what the amount of those fees were.

He said several members went behind the backs of other members of the City Council. Rice called that "a blatant misuse of legislative powers."

Moreover, because the board of account's review is preliminary, "I feel that passing this ordinance would be premature," he added.

Arnold said he was frustrated by Reese's proposed ordinance, adding that the expenditures were legitimate and that what exists is a misunderstanding.

"This is what happens when elected officials don't work together," Arnold said.

He specifically noted the Gators. The choice was one pickup truck costing about $36,000, or the two Gators, which were less costly, more fuel efficient and versatile than the truck. The Board of Works thought that was a better deal, Arnold said.

The ordinance was before the City Council on first reading, but a proposal to suspend the rules (which requires unanimous agreement of the council), failed. The vote was 5-2 in favor of suspending.

Councilman Tim Roby said he supports the ordinance and the additional oversight that will result from it.

"When you have to borrow money to pay your employees (which the city had to do earlier this year) there's a problem with spending," Roby said.

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