East Cleveland employees caught in budget battle

7:13 PM, Aug 14, 2013   |    comments
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EAST CLEVELAND -- Two hundred and fifteen city of East Cleveland employees are worried about getting a paycheck Aug. 30.

The city's gotten lots of coverage for money problems and financial emergencies. And now it's become a standoff between Mayor Gary Norton and City Council.

And it's more of a political issue because Norton's main opponent in the November election is Council President Dr. Joy Jordan.

The city is in a financial emergency, and a state auditor's watchdog panel is overseeing its finances.

Council blames the mayor for overspending in some departments. The mayor blames council for under-appropriating needed money that he says is there.

Another example of the political climate in East Cleveland? Council has budgeted more than $100,000 to sue the mayor and the law director.


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