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Wilmington council passes budget, mayor plans veto

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mayor Dennis Williams says he plans to veto the 2014 budget passed by the Wilmington City Council.

The council passed the $145 million operating budget Thursday night with a 10-2 vote with one member abstaining. Williams issued a press release confirming plans to veto the budget, citing a city solicitor ruling that the budget was unconstitutional.

Solicitor Michael Migliore issued two opinions finding the council's control of $250,000 in youth funding unconstitutional, but Council President Theo Gregory disagrees.

The council has already scheduled a special session next week to vote again in anticipation of a veto. Gregory says he believes he has the nine votes needed to override a veto.

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