Last week when I attended the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon, former Council President Mike Dunn presented his "Red, White & Boom" 4th of July package for the City of Salisbury. Mr. Dunn clearly stated that they had already raised $45,000.00 and each year the fireworks expense, (20 minutes long) would cost $20,000.00.
I want to make this very clear.
#1, Mr. Dunn's efforts are to be commended. Salisbury should have an INDEPENDENT 4th of July Celebration. After all, we are the biggest City on the Eastern Shore.
#2, Mr. Dunn openly expressed he has already raised the money for two and a quarter years for this event well before it even kicks off.
Now, that being said, I was absolutely stunned when Mr. Dunn finished his presentation and Mayor Jim Ireton stood in front of everyone there and announced the City, (John Pick) had found $5,000.00 in which the Mayor challenged anyone else to match those funds. Nevertheless, the Mayor verbally committed to $5,000.00 in which HE CANNOT DO!
That would be like the Mayor going to a local Bar and running up a tab and say, put it on the taxpayers without the City Council's knowledge or permission. This is the very reason we have checks and balances in government.
Perhaps many of you don't realize how government works. You see, we have a City Council to make sure this exact crap doesn't happen. The Mayor has NO RIGHT jumping up and saying someone can have something without the permission of the LEGISLATIVE body!
Now Mr. Pick is coming forward, (after the fact) and asking, (off the record) if the Council President would put this on the agenda. I say, hell no. Considering Mr. Dunn already stated they have more than 2 years worth of funding, since the City has already committed to police and fire protection, (which is HUGE money) there is absolutely NO NEED for this funding.
If Mr. Pick and Mayor Ireton had come to the City Council and the Council already knew there was private funding to cover the event for 2+ years they would be expected to vote it down.
Now don't come back here with comments like, it's 4th of July, we should participate. My hat is tipped to Mr. Dunn for finally doing something that doesn't cost the taxpayers. Should I be elected I can assure you I will always do everything in my powers to keep from taking from the taxpayers and get all I can done with private funding.
So when the Daily Times slams Terry Cohen and the rest of the Council for hopefully rejecting this offer, know the FACTS first. Know the Mayor made an illegal offer and had NO RIGHT to do so.
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