Mayor Jess Alumbaugh’s administration and Marion City Council say they are prepared to go to court over a recent set of ordinances that requires pre-approval for certain city expenditures.

Council President Deb Cain claims the pre-approval laws were created to increase transparency, but Alumbaugh argues the rules are an overreach, saying it could hamper the city’s ability to get work done in a timely manner. Alumbaugh cited a case that ruled against a town board’s attempt to pre-approve certain expenditures by a trustee, but city council attorney Martin Harker says that case is not comparable since Marion is a second class city and not a town.

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