|Bruce Gilbert and Peg Ferraro|
Voting against this budget was Ron Angle, Tom Dietrich, Lamont McClure, Ann McHale and Barb Thierry. The rest of Council - John Cusick, Mike Dowd, Peg Ferraro, and Bruce Gilbert - said yes to an amended budget that would have resulted in a 4.6% tax hike.
This failure is a sharp departure from last year, when then President Angle was able to produce his own budget in late October, which proposed no new taxes and was quickly adopted by Council.
It also left Angle sparring with John Cusick, the Council President who succeeded him. "It was your job to produce a budget," he complained, proposing that a new millage rate ordinance be tabled because of "our malfeasance." For his part, a visibly upset Cusick had his gripes, too. "There were some people who voted No and proposed no amendments," he said, a pointed reference to Angle, McClure and Thierry, who proposed no amendments and still voted No.
"Just one more meeting with Angle," Cusick stated in the hallway, after it was over.
Under the Home Rule Charter, if Council fails to adopt a budget by December 16, the Budget proposed by Stoffa, calling for a 9.3% tax hike, will become law.
Council will have one more chance to adopt an amended budget when it meets again on December 8, 6:30 PM, at the Courthouse.