At least one city councilor didn’t take kindly to the statement issued by Mayor Richard Berry’s spokeswoman shortly after the council voted 6-3 last week to override the mayor’s veto of the city budget last week.
In her statement, Rhiannon Samuel said, “six city councilors, five of whom are up for election, voted for a budget that they admitted is utterly broken. Chalk this one up to politics – not good government.”
Among the concerns raised by the Berry administration was that the budget approved by the council could result in the city’s credit rating being downgraded because it’s not structurally balanced, meaning that projected revenues are out of whack with planned expenditures.
City Councilor Dan Lewis, who is running for mayor, fired back in a statement of his own the day after the vote.