Council overrides Allentown mayor's budget veto; suit likely

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 14, 2016 9:19 AM

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski. (Image via Seven Points Consulting/Wikipedia Creative Commons)

(Allentown) -- Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski says he'll sue after City Council voted to override his veto of council's proposed 2017 budget.

They are at odds over Michael Walker, who has been hired by Pawlowski as the city's de facto head of community and economic development.

The mayor brought Walker on board for the No. 2 position in the agency after council balked when Pawlowski nominated him to direct the department.

The proposed budget allots just $1 to the top two positions in that department.

Pawlowski and council also can't agree on a wage tax rate, and have accused one another of violating the city's charter.

The mayor said before last night's vote that council is "making it almost impossible to govern the city."

This was Pawlowski's first veto since taking office in 2006.

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