- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The Hattiesburg City Council will now review the mayor’s changes to the budget, employee positions and vacancies and other items without they take effect.

The city council voted 4-1 Monday to override Mayor Johnny Dupree’s veto of the amended ordinance.

DuPree said the council was overstepping its authority. Council members said they were being fiscally responsibility.

The Hattiesburg American reports (https://hatne.ws/1CUekjZ) the council voted 4-1 last week to update an ordinance that included the Hattiesburg Variable Pay Plan. Dupree veto the amended ordinance on Friday.

Anything Dupree now does to collapse positions within city departments and reallocate funds from abolished or vacant positions must be approved by the council. Another change would require any position not filled within three months to be abolished, with the budgeted money returning to the general fund. The council would have the discretion to keep the position open beyond the three-month period.

“I’m not surprised,” DuPree said after Monday’s vote. “This is kind of apropos for what’s been happening with the council. For quite some time now, they’ve been struggling to do what they could in order to take the mayor’s power from that position.

“Now, that’s not necessarily me, but the mayor’s position, and you have the same thing going on all over the country where you have the council attempting to take the power away from the sitting mayor. It’s overstepping the bounds, really,” he said.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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