Tensions run high between Mayor Lea, councilwoman at Roanoke City Council’s budget meeting

Councilwoman Stephanie Moon Reynolds stormed out of the meeting after heated exchange with Mayor Sherman Lea

ROANOKE, Va. – Discussions got heated at Roanoke City Council’s budget meeting, causing one member to walk out of the meeting.

Councilwoman Stephanie Moon Reynolds brought up concerns about the public safety pay scale in the budget.

She also spoke out about Mayor Sherman Lea’s added inner-city travel stipend of $2,500.

Mayor Lea voiced his frustration that the councilwoman brought this up during a televised meeting, calling it a “political” move.

Councilwoman Reynolds later returned to the meeting and voted against the budget.

The budget did pass six to one.

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