Alderman Doris Turner says she’s not sure she can trust information coming from the city’s budget director.
Turner is livid at budget director Bill McCarty’s revelation that a reduction in the city’s administrative fee for towing vehicles could blow a $250,000 hole in the city budget. Turner sponsored the ordinance that cut the fee… but says McCarty never revealed the fiscal impact until after the measure was approved Tuesday night.
Now some aldermen are having second thoughts, and Mayor Mike Houston says he may veto the bill. Turner says she’s skeptical of McCarty’s claim, and questions the reliability of his numbers. McCarty stands by the estimate, but concedes that he could have reached out to aldermen sooner.