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October 21, 2014, 12:20 am
970 WMAY News

Aldermen Block Threshold Change for Contract Approval

Springfield Mayor Mike Houston was the deciding no vote shooting down an ordinance proposing to change the threshold for which council members must approve contracts with the city.  


The proposal would have lowered the threshold from $100,000 to $50,000.


Aldermen debated the pros and cons to having a lowered threshold.  


Opponents say the change would mean a flood of more ordinances for aldermen to approve and that the city's purchasing agent is competent to scrutinize contracts.  Proponents say that the city dealt with contracts when the threshold was at $15,000 just a few years ago and aldermen are there to be good stewards of the city's resources.


Aldermen Frank Edwards, Doris Turner, Frank Lesko, Cory Jobe, Joe McMenamin and Steve Dove, along with Mayor Mike Houston, voted no.       



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