Traverse City Commissioners Split Vote, City Attorney Now Representing City In Prop. 3 Lawsuit

After a lot of discussion and a split commission, Traverse City’s attorney will now represent the city once again in connection to a controversial proposal.

Commissioners voted three to three, with Mayor Carruthers breaking the tie, to not give an additional $15,000 to the outside counsel they had hired to represent the city in an upcoming appeal.

At a meeting earlier this month, commissioners approved an additional $30,000 to pay for the bills stemming from a developer’s Proposal Three lawsuit.

Those bills added up to $54,000.

$24,000 more than the amount they originally agreed upon.

This had some commissioners questioning what to do next

“After our meeting, then we got the memo that they had spent $54,000 and so that just felt that maybe we weren’t being told or kept up in a timely matter for when that money was spent like we’d asked for,” said Commissioner Michele Howard.

The city attorney will now file an appearance for the court of appeals case and will represent the city until further notice.

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