COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs City Council overturned 5 out of 7 of Mayor Steve Bach's vetoes to the 2012 Budget on Thursday.
City Council had a special session Thursday to respond to the vetoes. Council was able to overturn them with a vote of at least six council members.
Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach announced he vetoed seven changes proposed by city council to the 2012 Budget on Wednesday.
The seventh veto was an administrative veto needed to balance the budget.
Below you will find a copy of the vetoes and reasons for them, provided by Bach's office:
City Council overturned all of them except for the $10,000 grant to the Old Colorado City Historical Society and the proposal for flowers in the park.
1. $43,000 to change a Legislative Communications position from half-time to full time. The Mayor cannot support this increase in this Budget Ordinance. Council's change would increase by twofold the current annual expenditure for legislative expenditures without any objective data or factual basis to show that the increase would be used in a way that would result in measurable increased benefits to the City. The existing Communications staff can provide the desired communication services. 2. $175,000 for City tennis courts maintenance and repairs. The Mayor cannot support this meritorious but non-essential increase when current Police and Fire budgets are operating with constrained funds. 3. $84,295 for a Code Enforcement Officer. The Mayor cannot support this non-essential increase at this time because it would increase by twofold the Mayor's announced personnel increase for this Office. The Mayor's announced increase should first be implemented and evaluated in 2012 before additional funds are appropriated. 4. $10,000 to the Old Colorado City Historical Society for education, history and culture. The Mayor cannot support this meritorious but non-essential increase when current Police and Fire Budgets are being asked to operate with constrained funds and these monies have not been requested by the organization. 5. Move Colorado Municipal League and Pikes Peak Area Council of Government dues from General Costs budget to City Council budget for $0. The Mayor cannot support this transfer of responsibility for funding these organizations because it inappropriately conflicts with the Charter assignment of all executive and administrative authority to the Mayor, who is the elected representative responsible for presenting the City's position to these organizations. 6. Authorize Parks staff to grow flowers for "Springs in Bloom" for $0. This direction inappropriately conflicts with the Charter assignment of all executive and administrative authority to the Mayor, who is responsible for oversight and direction of Parks staff. 7. Increase contribution to Fund Balance for $361,000. The amount required to balance the budget is $673,295.
In a statement released after City Council overturned his vetoes, Mayor Bach says he respects City Council's decision.
"City Council has the last word on this matter and we respect that. Our focus will remain on transforming City government to be fiscally sustainable, while we continue to work to improve customer service and retain great employees," said Mayor Bach.