Mayor candidate and Councilwoman Mary Norwood has responded to Kasim Reed's call for a 1-mill tax increase to end police furloughs as well as criticism directed at her for not suggesting an alternative funding source.
Here's her statement:
I issued a 12-point public safety platform early in March in which I made my position very clear: end the furloughs now and pay for the public safety personnel our citizens need and deserve from existing revenues. That will mean that the Administration will have to prioritize its use of money, but thats what we expect our city to do: prioritize resources in the publics interest.
In her 12-point plan, Norwood also calls for the city to:
Now, I'm no budget expert, but my guess is that each and every one of the those items would cost money and all together, they'd add up to a medium-sized fortune.
Norwood has made it clear she opposes any kind of tax increase. Fair enough. But I have yet to hear her suggest where the money is going to come from to pay for her costly proposals. According to her, the city has enough money already; it's just being spent on the wrong things. So, where would she cut? She's never said. Unless you count statements like this:
"We have to prioritize. We have to make choices. Good management counts."
My bet is that Norwood is going to have to come up with some real proposals soon if she wants to be the next mayor.
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