To the Editor:
I just finished reading the newspaper from last week and think that I am finally understanding the situation. Mayor Solomon has been running all over the city saying that the surplus is not what he was told it would be. The insinuation is surely that someone stole the money and did something wrong.
But the budget article where Mayor Solomon says that he will have a more transparent process shows what really happened.
They all agree that the surplus was about $22 million as of June 30, 2017. But earlier in June that year, Councilmen Edgar Ladouceur and Steve Merolla led the City Council (which Mayor Solomon was the president of) to amend the budget to take $4.2 million of surplus and raise projected tax collections, which caused another loss of $1.1 million. That means the surplus was now $17 million.
In the June 2018 budget, the council then took another $3.8 million in reserve funds and the same $1.1 million shortfall meaning that the surplus should be somewhere near $12 million.
Seems to me that they want to blame the prior administration when they were the ones making those decisions. Stop playing games.
Chris Allen served as a campaign manager for former mayor Scott Avedisian