published Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Chattanooga City Council sets up vote on capital budget


by Cliff Hightower
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    Chattanooga City Council member Deborah Scott is seen in this file photo.
    Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Chattanooga City Council plowed through talks on the capital budget today on its way toward a vote later this evening.

Councilwoman Deborah Scott made an attempt to round up support for more money for road paving.

“Is this as much passion as we can get for roads?” Scott asked council members.

Councilman Manny Rico responded that all departments need to be considered.

“There’s a lot of other things to take care of as well,” he said.

Scott was not able to rally any more support to add to the $1.7 million already allocated to paving in the $90 million capital budget.

The council also agreed today that it would defer for a week an ordinance to set guidelines for recall attempts on the mayor and the City Council members.

Scott had suggested that, along with the recall guidelines, which would appear as a referendum on the November general election ballot, the council also should set two-year term limits on itself and move the city’s election from March to November.

The council agreed today, however, that it did not want to talk about moving the city’s election dates and imposing term limits at this time.

For more information, read tomorrow’s edition of the Times Free Press.

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