AUBURN — The Auburn City Council will meet in an emergency session at 5:30 p.m. Mondayto vote on a $7.9 million capital improvement package, Mayor Dick Gleason said Friday.
Gleason said a special meeting was called because a recent council vote on a borrowing package, while passing 4-3, did not meet the two-thirds requirement of the City Charter for passage.
The failed vote means as much as $6.7 million worth of road repairs would be canceled, he said.
"I didn't expect the vote to fail, or to fail in this manner," City Manager Glenn Aho wrote in an message e-mailed to councilors and Gleason.
Gleason said he and others worry the city will lose federal matching funds for road work and state matching funds for education if the city doesn't approve a $5.4 million bond package Monday. Aho's memo noted that $4.7 million of the package is for road improvements in the city and $200,000 of it is to use for matching money to leverage up to $2 million more in federal money.
"By having this motion fail, we've in effect canceled up to $6.7 million in Auburn road projects and turned down $2 million in state and federal (funds)," Aho wrote.
Gleason said councilors had ample time to study the bonding package and that a previous vote on it passed 5-2. On second reading, one councilor changed her vote, leaving the council short of the two-thirds needed.
Gleason said Friday he hoped people would come to the meeting and express their opinions on the bonding package during a public hearing before the council votes.