BANGOR – Bangor city councilors have approved a change to the city’s code of ethics, allowing councilors to vote on the final budget even if they have conflicts of interest with items in the budget.
The council unanimously voted to approve the change at Monday night’s council meeting.
Councilors are still banned from discussing items in the budget that they have a conflict with.
But this change allows all councilors to participate in the budget as a whole – even if they have a conflict of interest with one specific item in the budget.
“That councilor does not participate in the discussion of having a particular item made part of the full budget,” said city solicitor Norm Heitmann.
This change comes a few months after the city’s ethics board investigated councilor Cary Weston after he failed to disclose a financial conflict of interest.
The board of ethics later determined Weston had done nothing wrong.