From: Deb Perr
Received: Sept. 19
Mayor Kristen Brown was not elected to conduct “business as usual,” so why all of the friction when she offers innovative ideas and suggestions?
She has made substantial improvements and may very well have saved the city from insolvency by creating transparency and restoring taxpayer representation. Although the Republic continuously touts The Commons — the rent it generates and the vibrancy it brings to the downtown area — it often glosses over the actual cost to taxpayers, the hard numbers.
At one point in time, it seemed that the downtown development projects subsidized by the city were flying off the drawing tables at warp speed and into construction with unrealistic budget and absorption projections. Mayor Brown brought financial aptitude and sound reasoning into the budget appropriation process, and she brought light to much needed improvements and deferred maintenance in other areas of the city.
The net savings shown on the 2013 proposed budget presented at the City Council meeting which took place on Tuesday, Sept. 18, demonstrates her ability to work with the City Council to create solutions.
Regarding the more publicized issues such as the emergency service budget: Why has The Republic not simply asked Mayor Brown to explain her reasoning in more detail on such issues? There is no doubt that she is quite willing to explain and capable of doing so.
As opposed to taking the time and effort to professionally report the truth, the paper has recently chosen to embellish on minor expressions of disagreement and nuances of conversations, and it has attempted to create a fictional meltdown with Mayor Brown playing the role of the obstinate, closed-minded, unreasonable character. It is the type of drama one expects from a tabloid; however, when reading a local newspaper to follow current events, an inquiring mind really just wants to know the truth.