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October 24, 2014, 3:31 am
970 WMAY News

Aldermen Overturn Mayor's Veto on Tow Fee Reduction

Springfield aldermen told Mayor Mike Houston they disagree with his veto of an ordinance that cuts the city's tow fee in half.


Nine aldermen moved to override the mayor's veto of an ordinance that passed overwhelmingly two weeks ago.


Mayor Mike Houston used his veto power just an hour before the full city council meeting Tuesday.


During new business Alderman Doris Turner, sponsor of the measure, motioned to have the council reconsider the ordinance where it received overwhelming support.


Only Alderman Gail Simpson voted against the override.


Aldermen Frank Lesko was at the meeting but left before the vote was taken.


Mayor Houston said the reason he vetoed the ordinance was because over 80 percent of cases where vehicles were towed the driver was charged with DUI or driving with a revoked or suspended license.


Houston also says the city will manage the quarter-million-dollar budget hole created by the ordinance. 

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