Mayor Lott vetoes city budget and tax increase

Lumberton mayor Aaron Lott has made good on a promise to veto any tax increase for that city this year.  This afternoon, the mayor delivered veto letters to all members of the Board of Aldermen for both the city's fiscal budget and a 3.28 mill tax increase approved by the Board on September 14th.

That evening, the Board voted 3-to-1 to adopt a $1.1 million budget for the upcoming year.  The mayor, who was out of town for that vote, said the city could, with a little belt-tightening, function on a budget that was about $127,000 less.

The mayor says the Board will now have to meet to either accept or override his vetoes before the fiscal year begins on October 1st.