GOULD — Mayor Earnest Nash said Tuesday that he will discuss what he feels may be an illegal 2014 city budget in a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Gould City Hall.

GOULD — Mayor Earnest Nash said Tuesday that he will discuss what he feels may be an illegal 2014 city budget in a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Gould City Hall.


The Gould City Council held a special called meeting Monday night but no details were available on what happened at the meeting.


Nash, who said he had to be out of town, didn’t attend the session.


"I can’t tell you what happened because I don’t know," Nash said, "No one has informed me of what (the council) did in that meeting. But I heard the 2013 budget was extended into 2014, and it doesn’t make much sense to do that."


Only one of six council members could be reached.


Essie Cableton said she also didn’t attend the meeting.


"I don’t know who was there," she said. "No one has told me anything, and I don’t know who you can call to find out what happened."


Nash said the skirmish over the 2014 budget dates back to October, when he requested some documents through city channels under the state Freedom of Information Act. The desired information was not provided and Nash said he was advised that it wouldn’t be available in less than three months.


Nash disagreed with the explanation he received and said the response was in violation of FOIA guidelines.


The mayor said the council has since voted down a budget he put together for its consideration, and he was given until the end of February to devise another financial plan.


Nash said he’s told that several discrepancies exist in the budget that he was told the council approved Monday night.


"I need to be allowed to do my job," Nash said. "I’m told that the council had earlier had a budget work session without inviting the mayor. I have done some budgets. I know how to budget."


Nash said he hasn’t yet decided if he will seek a court challenge to the council’s action.