This weekend, I received a letter, signed by three prominent Republicans on behalf of Cassie Franklin, that states Cassie is “someone who is fiscally responsible.”
I take exception with that claim. I think Franklin would bloat our government. On the campaign trail, at mayoral forums, and in the Herald she has promised to add two full-time administrators to the economic development department at the city and add an entire department of human services at taxpayer expense. These things cost money!
The city budget update recently revealed a forecast of $65 million in combined deficits over the next five years, there is simply no money to grow the administration unless Franklin is talking about cutting other city services substantially, such as the Parks Department (Remember the 2014 budget when citizens were told the swimming pool & golf courses might be shut down and the deficit was at $14 million then!?) More likely, she will increase our taxes, as is what happened in 2014.
In contrast, Judy Tuohy has stated that she will partner with other cities and human services non-profit organizations to address public safety issues, and she knows that the city is not a social service agency. She has stated that she will look for efficiencies across our government with technology and streamlining operations.
Call me old-fashioned, but fiscal conservatives used to believe in keeping reins on government and living within our means. I trust Judy Tuohy to have this more responsible approach to managing the city finances, and that’s why I’m voting for her!