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Millington Mayor votes to veto recently passed budget

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Under the city charter, the mayor has five days to veto a budget after its passed. Under the city charter, the mayor has five days to veto a budget after its passed.
MILLINGTON, TN -

(WMC-TV) - It is back to the drawing board for the seven members of Millington's city board after Mayor Terry Jones cast a bombshell vote Monday night that vetoed the city's budget.

"It's really confusing, but I think they're gonna get it together," said Millington resident Carolyn Jenkins.

Jenkins has faith that the seven members of Millington's city board will ultimately do the right thing.

She was there Monday night when part-time Mayor Terry Jones voted to veto the city's budget.

"I just moved back here four years ago, and I want to see progress. We're are progressing here in Millington," said Jenkins.

Under the city charter, the mayor has five days to veto a budget after its passed.

Last Thursday, alderman passed a budget that included a 19-cent tax increase and 19 layoffs.

While those two will still remain in effect, city leaders now have to go back to the drawing board and come up with another new budget for next year.

One of the things that leaders must discuss is just how many positions the city will continue to fund.

"I think at some point the comptroller's office is going to start paying attention to the City of Millington and asking questions," adds Millington City Manager Thomas Christie.

The city will continue to work under last year's budget until a new one is adopted.

But full time city manager Thomas Christie is worried that if the board doesn't act quickly and pass a budget, the city may come under scrutiny from the state.

"I think this is just a blip that can be rectified fairly quickly," Christie continues.

Mayor Terry Jones was in meetings all day Tuesday. Although, told Action News Five over the phone he vetoed the budget because he wanted the city council to have a little more time to iron out details before making a final decision.

The next scheduled Millington city board meeting is August 5.

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