The Colorado Springs City Council passed the amended 2012 city budget on first reading, 7 to 2, with Councilors Tim Leigh and
Merv Bennett Angela Dougan voting no, late Tuesday afternoon.
Before the final vote, Council made some mild adjustments, like ensuring that flowers for the city's medians would be grown in the city greenhouse.
Councilor Jan Martin also insisted that the City Council be viewed as a department separate from the mayor for budgetary purposes. CIty Budget Director Lisa Bigelow had lumped the two together as "administration" in order to simplify the process and make it easier to move money between administrative functions.
"I would like to be our own department," Martin said with a skeptical laugh.
Bennett agreed, saying that under the new form of governance, the mayor's and Council's duties are segregated and the budget should reflect that.
The change was made.