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The City Council late Tuesday approved a two-year contract to retain Kevin D. Earl as city attorney, but with stipulations that the position be reviewed before a new city budget is adopted in March.

The 8-1 vote, which followed a 90-minute discussion in a special meeting, resolves a dilemma that could have delayed a new city-Genesee County sales tax formula.

On Monday, the city approved a revision of a 20-year-old pact that would enable the city to gain additional revenue. But the agreement, which must be filed with the state comptroller's office by Feb. 1, stalled because the city had no attorney to certify the pact.

Earl was to be reappointed earlier this month to his fourth two-year term. But the council tabled the measure then and on Monday refused to extend his tenure.

The compromise reached will set up a personnel committee to review options to the current setup, which pays Earl $65,000 plus benefits for the part-time position.

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