Apr 12, 2013 8:51 AM by AP
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo has vetoed the 2013 fiscal year budget approved Tuesday by the City Council, saying it violated the city charter and produces a deficit.
Mayo told The News-Star the amended budget would result in an operating deficit of $520,866 in large part because the council approved a budget that cut 40 vacant but funded positions.
To override the mayor's veto, the council would need a two-thirds vote, or a total of four votes.
At least two council members say they supported the mayor's veto.
City Attorney Nanci Summersgill said if the council doesn't have enough votes to override the mayor's veto, there is a provision in the city charter to have the original budget introduced by the administration officially enacted.