In a 4-4 vote, council members sidestepped the crowd-funding program operated by SeeClickFix, a mobile app and website through which residents report non-emergency problems.
Mayor Nancy McFarlane voted in favor of the program, along with councilmen John Odom, Bonner Gaylord and Russ Stephenson. Council members Eugene Weeks, Randy Stagner, Thomas Crowder and Mary-Ann Baldwin cast no votes.
Had it been approved, Citizens Advisory Councils would have managed the program for one year.
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