He doesn’t like the ordinance… but Springfield Mayor Mike Houston won’t say whether he will veto a measure approved by the city council this week that would put Sangamon County businesses on a level playing field with those in the city.
Currently, businesses within the city limits get a five-percent advantage when it comes to bidding on city contracts. But aldermen this week approved an ordinance to extend that same preference to businesses in the county.
Houston says he doesn’t mind county businesses getting some kind of a break, but says it shouldn’t be as much as those located in the city. But the mayor says he’s still reviewing the measure, and plans to announce sometime in the next two weeks if he will veto it, sign it, or simply do nothing… in which case it would take effect anyway.