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(Thayer) – Tension is high within the city of Thayer, as a disagreement over city funding has lead to friction between the mayor and members of the city council.

The council met last week and was set to approve a $26,000 car purchase for the Thayer Police Department. Mayor Ronald Paulson, however, refused to sign the check, citing more pertinent needs in the city, like road improvements.

The problem: the funding must be used for law enforcement operations, per a half-cent tax that city voters approved a few years ago. Now, aldermen and mayor pro tem Merle Williams can sign checks in the mayor’s absence, this after a motion during a special council meeting Tuesday.

City officials told Ozark Radio News that three of the four councilmen approved a motion Tuesday night that would allow Williams to sign checks if the mayor refused. Currently, the city needs three city official signatures, including the mayor, city clerk, and treasurer, to make a check official.

After the motion was approved by the council, the check for the police vehicle was signed.

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