Detroit feud hits budget process

April 14, 2008 at 2:51 PM

DETROIT, April 14 (UPI) -- Leaders of the Detroit City Council said Monday they would continue the budget process despite refusing to hear the mayor's budget presentation.

The council blocked the budget recommendation from embattled Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick as tensions over the council's call for Kilpatrick to resign boiled over.

Kilpatrick called the move "childish" and grandstanding, according to The Detroit News.

Council President Ken Cockrel downplayed the matter, telling the Detroit Free Press the budget would remain a priority,

"The only thing we chose to do today was not to hear the mayor's budget address," Cockrel said. "At this point, the majority of the council felt it was not in our best interest or for that matter in the best interest for the city of Detroit to entertain the mayor's budget address at this time."

The mayor and council have been at odds over Kilpatrick's role in whistleblower lawsuit that resulted in perjury and obstruction of justice charges filed against him.

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