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Iowa City says it will stay on-pace with completing goals, after firing city manager

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Iowa City Mayor Regenia Bailey says the city will stay in stride with completing some big goals ahead, including flood recovery and a possible local option sales tax, after the city council fired City Manager Michael Lombardo on Friday.

Lombardo was coming up on one year in office. He would have overseen a local option sales tax, if it passes a vote there. Neither the mayor nor the council would give any reason for the decision.

In the meantime, Assistant City Manager Dale Helling will take the position. "The challenges are the same," said Helling on Monday. "I think the local option sales tax issue and many others, you know, some of our budget issues we'll have to deal with, those are all still there and won't go away."

Lombardo declined to go on-camera for comment Monday, but said he was surprised at the council's unanimous decision to terminate his employment contract.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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