ST. LOUIS — Metropolis leaders on Wednesday continued to conflict over spend the newest spherical of federal help — and who ought to be answerable for it.
Aldermanic President Lewis Reed known as on Mayor Tishaura O. Jones to rescind elements of a public well being proclamation giving her well being director energy to spend with out consulting the Board of Aldermen.
The proclamation’s provisions that transcend the revival of the town’s masks mandate quantity to an “unlawful cash seize,” Reed mentioned in a press release.
Mayoral spokesman Nick Dunne dismissed Reed’s demand as foolish.
Dunne mentioned Reed has spent weeks refusing to make adjustments to the board invoice that the administration thinks are needed for it to satisfy federal spending tips, leaving aid for hundreds of individuals in limbo.
“After we proceed to have these funds held up, we have now to think about all of our choices,” Dunne mentioned. “We’re in a public well being emergency. We’ve acquired an eviction moratorium that lifts in three days.”
The Board of Aldermen gave preliminary approval to a $168 million spending plan earlier this month on a 27-1 vote. However when the plan got here earlier than the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, the town’s high fiscal physique, on July 16, Jones and Comptroller Darlene Inexperienced declined to second Reed’s movement to approve it.