SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Fiery accusations were aimed at Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg by fellow councilmembers in a packed Sacramento council chamber Tuesday afternoon. It’s all over a battle for money.

Sacramento’s budget includes two dozen neighborhood projects which Mayor Darrell Steinberg calls “his priorities” for Sacramento. Of the projects picked — none are in Councilmember Jeff Harris or Angelique Ashby’s districts.

Ashby has been fighting for city funding for a world-class Natomas aquatics center.

“I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t very irritated, Mayor, that nothing in Natomas was included in the budget. You could say that the aquatic facility was too expensive, and I could refute that,” Ashby said.

Approximately 100 members of the public signed up to speak on the issue today. The mayor denies his priorities were political.

The $16 million budget passed without projects from Ashby or Harris’ districts.

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