St. Joseph County Commissioners veto $56.2 million county budget for 2016 over sustainability concerns

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The St. Joseph County Commissioners voted 2-1 to veto the 2016 budget passed by the county council last week.

Republican commissioners Andy Kostielney and Deb Fleming voted to veto, agreeing with the Republicans on the county council that the $56.2 million budget is unsustainable in the long term, the South Bend Tribune reported.

Democrat Dave Thomas voted against the veto.

The budget was passed Oct. 13 in a 6-3 vote that was also along party lines.

The proposed 2016 budget is about $4 million more than the 2015 budget, with $2.5 million included to hire 29 new St. Joseph County Jail officers.

The St. Joseph County Council only needs a two-thirds majority — or six votes — to override the veto. If none of the Democrats on the council change their earlier vote, the budget will pass.

Read more about the concerns the Republicans and Democrats have about the budget in the full story from the South Bend Tribune.

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