Canton mayor vetoes budget amendment
by Erin Dentmon
edentmon@cherokeetribune.com
January 30, 2013 12:24 AM | 1966 views | 3 3 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood has vetoed a budget amendment that would strip the funding for his executive assistant.

The Canton City Council will vote again on the amendment at a specially called meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Hobgood vetoed the budget amendment Sunday, the last day of the 10-day veto period. Per the city’s charter, a mayoral veto pushes the issue to an additional council vote.

The council voted 5-1 to remove funding for the executive assistant position at a Jan. 17 council meeting. Council Member Glen Cummins cast the dissenting vote.

The budget amendment calls for $33,000 to be removed from the city’s budget for salaries and wages and to be placed in a contingency fund.

In a written explanation of the veto, Hobgood contends that the budget amendment does not arise from financial need, it was made in bad faith and was created with “a lack of transparency and openness.”

When the mayor vetoes an ordinance, Canton’s city charter calls for the city council to vote at the next scheduled council meeting after the veto.

If the next scheduled meeting is a work session, the charter calls for a special meeting to vote on the ordinance. The council is holding a work session at 4 p.m. Thursday to hear an update on the Unified Development Code.

In December, the council voted to remove the mayor’s ability to hire staff members. Hobgood vetoed this ordinance, and council members voted 5-1 on Jan. 3 to uphold their vote, with Cummins dissenting.
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youngmom
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February 02, 2013
why dont you ask the stooges about their image to the public? from where I sit, it looks really bad.
youngmom
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January 30, 2013
good job Mayor Hobgood! too bad the 5 stooges will not support your decision. but, we all know that they have other motives. for some reason 33k is a big deal to them but not the 250k spent on the city manager. more flawed logic on the council of 5's part.
JadedJim
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January 31, 2013
I find it hard to believe that 5 of 6 are stooges and the mayor is the only voice of reason. Especially since I attend many of the council meetings and see the interaction between the mayor and the "stooges". Perhaps the majority is correct and the real stooge is our mayor?
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