Recently Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr., announced a $2.5 million appropriation for infrastructure repairs and capital improvements. Two weeks before he announced a freeze on all spending, citing fears in budget cut backs from the state. While these infrastructure repairs and capital investments are needed and long overdue, one has to question the timing; election day is right around the corner.
The main problem here is an administration that is reactive and not active. The administration had plenty of time to gather department heads together and garner their capital improvement budgets and gain the approval of the Town Council. Now we need to quickly pass the spending without review? Where is the thought process here, where is the foresight, what is the five-year plan, not the two-year election day only plan, not the plan that will win votes?
Don’t be fooled on election day; don’t be fooled by an administration that thinks that as long as the mill rate is not raised, everything will be fine. The only November surprise should be a resounding vote for a better way of caring for the residents and their future. I encourage your readers to show the current administration that they are not fooled by this insult to their intelligence.
The Maltese administration will be an active one on day one and not reactive. In November, I encourage your readers to vote for their future—vote for active not reactive management.
Marc Conte, Sr.
Democrat Marc Conte, Sr., is seeking a seat on the Board of Finance.