CLINTON — Mayor Mark Vulich issued vetoes Monday on city council actions involving the Clinton Humane Society.
The mayor vetoed the city’s agreement with the humane society for continued services and a measure to set up a committee to discuss a new arrangement with the agency.
In his veto message, the mayor said the increase in fees from $65,000 to $120,000 was outrageous and unrealistic.
The mayor said the humane society was unwilling to negotiate, and he could not accept the approach that gave no concern to the impact on the city’s budget and residents. Vulich said a proposal from a local veterinarian to provide the statutory-required services for $80,000 less should not be overlooked.
Vulich said residents should not be asked to pay higher taxes, and the city should say “no” to the request.
The veto may be overridden by the council, but Vulich said he felt an obligation do what he can to reduce tax bills.
In vetoing the committee proposed by Ed O’Neill, representing the Humane Society, to discuss a new deal, Vulich pointed out several flaws in the plan and concerns that the promised savings would not develop.
Links to the veto messages: