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In 4-3 Vote, Erie City Council Keeps Mayor's Veto

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With a slim margin, Erie City Council voted not to override Mayor Joe Sinnott's veto of the Sunset Provision when it came to sewer and garage fees.

That vote not sitting well with councilwoman Jessica Horan-Kunco.

"When seven members of council agree and the mayor wants to veto it, council should stick together and not let it go."

Horan-Kunco said the provision was enacted to hold themselves accountable for working on the issues.

Mayor Sinnott said he used his veto because he felt the provision by council were just being used to cushion the impact of the fee increases.

Horan-Kunco said that wasn't the case, and this veto took away part of their legislative powers.

"We're separate branches of government. We have the legislative roles, they have the enforcement role. We do not have the power to make the changes that we want to change. We have the power to ask the administration to make changes to the process."

Councilman Jim Winarski voted to keep the mayor's veto, adding he didn't need the provision to help him to do the job he was elected for.

Previously, he had voted for the Sunset Provision, but changed his mind.

"Because of the perception of it [increase] was going to go away when the fiscal year was up and that's not true." 

He said the increases are due to the rising costs of up keep.

Members say with or without the provision, they still plan to work to lower the number of delinquencies.

 "As a council we are going to do our due diligence and see what we can implement," said Winarski.

 "We still have an obligation to the taxpayers and citizens to look for  remedies and we will continue to do that," said Horan-Kunco.

 Council members say they're hoping to work with the administration to fix this problem.

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