The Yakima City Council is expected to take a vote next Tuesday on whether or not to continue the Downtown Central Plaza Project. Yakima Mayor Kathy Coffey says during an agenda preview meeting Thursday night council member Dulce Gutierrez  moved to place the issue on the ballot for a vote during what the mayor says was a tense meeting. Coffey says she's not happy with the move. "It's a situation that could have been done in a calm and professional manner. It was an overreach out of anger and I'm very disappointed."
Coffey, who supports the Downtown Central Plaza Project says the vote is set for Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. at city hall during the regular business meeting.

Gutierrez could not be reached for comment but she's told other media outlets that the project is too expensive in light of other needs in the city.
And she cites concerns about the legality of building the plaza downtown and a lack of an operating budget.