By Anthony Scott

Killeen Daily Herald

An outside agency might still investigate the circumstances regarding the Killeen City Council's $750,000 buyout of former City Manager Connie Green.

The council plans to discuss whether to make such a request at today's workshop after the same notion was rejected at a workshop last Tuesday by Mayor Tim Hancock, Mayor Pro Tem Scott Cosper and Councilman Ernest Wilkerson.

The idea was brought forward for discussion by Councilman Larry Cole, who asked the item be tabled until all council members were present. Councilman Juan Rivera voted in agreement, while council members Kenny Wells, JoAnn Purser and Billy Workman were not in attendance.

The council also will hear briefings on an Oncor transmission line rebuild project, Killeen Arts and Activities Center projects, redistricting and the 2011-12 budget process.

The City Council might amend the city's budget to make up for its $750,000 check it cut for Green's buyout.

According to the April 26 meeting agenda, there will be a public hearing next week during which the council will vote on an amendment to shift $117,000 to a contingency line item in its budget from the city manager budget.

The city will then raise the ceiling limit of the line item to $750,000.

Currently, there is about $5,000 in the line-item account; however, the council would still have to transfer about $628,000 to make up for the deficit left by Green's buyout.

The workshop, which is open to the public, starts at 5 p.m. today in the large conference of the Utility Collections Building at 210 W. Avenue C.

Contact Anthony Scott at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcity.

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