In a 4-2 vote, the approved budget will increase about 4.2 cents more per $100, with council members Pete Festersen and Jean Stothert opposing the increase.
Council member Franklin Thompson, who supported the budget, said he voted for the increase only as a "last option," and reminded the council that the deadline for the budget is Friday, September 18. "We are running out of time here," Thompson said. "We have to drop the ideals and move on."
The council also failed to override two items vetoed by Mayor Jim Suttle. The items in question, a 2 1/2 day voluntary furlough for city employees and a plan to cut 30 police cruisers from the 2010 budget, both failed 3-3. Five votes are needed to override vetoes.
In a rare agreement, the council voted unanimously to kill a 1 percent entertainment tax and satellite dish inspection fee, both of which faced public hearings today.
UPDATE: City Council Journal from September 15, 2009. Click HERE.