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City councilman says Mayor not working with council

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A long-time Waterloo City Councilman is speaking out tonight, saying the Council and new Mayor are not cooperating with each other. 

His comments follow last nights City Council vote to reject Mayor Harts travel request to a national conference.

The request was for a $1,440.00  to attend the United States Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis.

Schmitt says Mayor Hart is not working with City Council members.

He says the vote to reject that travel expense last night is not because of the conference itself. But instead, a deep-rooted problem that all started after he says the mayor doubled the budget. 

After no explanation as to why City Council rejected Hart's travel expense for a national conference of mayors, many are asking why.

"I really think what it is, is we've really got a Mayor in training," said Schmitt. "If you look at our Mayor, he has no business experience, he has no budget experience, that's not where he comes from, and I think what he's looking to do is increase his abilities to do stuff by going to these meetings."

"As a new mayor, I think it is imperative that I reach out to mayors across the country, that are dealing with similar issues," said Mayor Hart. "That I continue to educate myself, that I understand the best of everything that needs to be offered for the city of Waterloo."

Schmitt says the decision has nothing to do with the conference of Mayors itself.

"During the budget hearing, we were looking at ways to reduce the budget, and the mayor chose to double his travel and conference budget," said Schmitt. "It has to do with the budget, and I believe we need to be spending less money rather than more."

Ever since then, Schmitt says he and two other councilmen haven't seen eye to eye with the Mayor. 

"We've set meetings where we show up, he didn't show up," said Schmitt. "We've got e-mails where he doesn't respond. He talked to one of my fellow council members hung up on them. I mean yeah, there's all kinds of very immature behavior going on down there."

Mayor Hart says he is still planning on going to that conference and paying out of his own pocket. He says since he became Mayor, the city is $25 million dollars ahead of where Waterloo was last year. He also added that his proposed budget was actually the lowest of those three City Councilmen. 

City Council will host a special election on July 12 to fill the vacant seat. That seat has been vacant since City Councilman David Jones stepped down earlier this year. 

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