- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has exercised his veto for the first time since taking office in 2006 - nixing City Council’s proposed 2017 budget.

Pawlowski are at odds over Michael Walker, who has been hired by Pawlowski as the city’s de facto head of community and economic development. Pawlowski hired Walker for the No. 2 position in the agency after council balked when Pawlowski nominated him to direct the department.

Pawlowski and council also can’t agree on a wage tax rate, and have been accusing one another of violating the city’s charter on various budget matters.

Pawlowski says he expects council to vote to override his veto and says he’ll take the issue to Lehigh County Common Pleas Court if that happens.

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