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A large crowd filled the Brighton City Council chamber on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

A heated city council meeting in Brighton Tuesday night ended with the city manager one step away from being fired, and lingering accusations about misuse of taxpayer dollars.

In a 5-3 vote, council members placed City Manager Philip Rodriguez on administrative leave.

A large crowd filled the council chamber, as well as the overflow room in the lobby of city hall. They were not just angry about changes to city leadership; they also were angry about water rates.

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City Manager Philip Rodriguez gets up and leaves his seat at the Brighton City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, after council members voted to place him on administrative leave.

Councilman Matt Johnston said the city manager is being fired because he uncovered $70 million in overcharges for city water.

But Mayor Ken Kreutzer insists he and others have lost faith in Rodriguez’s leadership.

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