Hazleton City Council is no closer to finalizing a 2015 budget.
Council voted 4-1 on Thursday to table the spending plan on second reading after voting on a number of amendments that put revenue projections some $619,000 below estimated expenditures.
Council will take another crack at amending the estimated $9.3 million spending plan on Wednesday.
The vote to shelve the budget followed a heated disagreement between Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi and council President Jack Mundie over a stormwater fee that was originally levied by a previous council majority for 2013 only — but is included in next year’s spending plan.
The debate ended with the mayor walking out of the forum during an argument with Mundie.