- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington’s mayor has vetoed a city council decision to cut more than $500,000 that had been budgeted for eight currently vacant firefighter positions.

Mayor Dennis Williams vetoed the ordinance on Friday, saying it threatened public safety.

The city fire chief and the union representing firefighters also had opposed the cut.

City Council President Theo Gregory said he was disappointed by the veto and considering whether convene a council session to try to override it.

Gregory says the Williams administration cannot continue relying on higher taxes and fees on citizens and businesses while ignoring cost savings from smaller and more efficient government.

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