Last week, Mayor Steve Bach said he respected that City Council members had the last word on the 2012 budget after they voted to override some of his vetoes.
Today, Bach reiterated that message on his website.
But the mayor also described the council’s changes to his 2012 spending plan as “irresponsible.”
“At a time when we’re asking police and fire departments to operate within financial constraints, it would be irresponsible to support these meritorious, but non-essential expenditures,” Bach wrote in a new post titled: Fiscal Sustainability and City Council Expenditures.
“It’s time we use priorities-based budgeting,” the mayor added. “If we don’t change our course, we’ll be insolvent in 5-8 years and I’m not going to let that happen.”
The mayor’s post triggered criticism on Twitter as one Colorado Springs resident telling the mayor that it “sounds like you just want to stir the pot.”
“To be clear, I want fiscal responsibility,” tweeted @zyrcster. “But know when to pick the fight. Riding them on this decision is the wrong time.”