Council bracing for Herenton veto on school budget cuts - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Council bracing for Herenton veto on school budget cuts

The Memphis City Council is bracing for a possible veto from Mayor Willie Herenton on the council's plan to cut more than $70 million from city schools.

A council member who didn't want to be indentified told Action News 5 the council is taking steps to uphold their decision on school budget cuts if a veto should come from the mayor.

But councilman Myron Lowry says a veto from Herenton shouldn't pose a problem.

"If the mayor vetoes the budget, I believe the charter says seven votes can overturn the mayor's veto, but we haven't heard officially," said Lowry.

Right now the city council has sufficient votes to maintain what they did ten days ago, when the budget passed 10 to 3.

Meanwhile, the school district is threatening to sue the city if the cut in school funding stands.

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