As ALL of you know, Jim Ireton is all about grandstanding and making every possible attempt to discredit most of the City Council but I truly believe this Post will spell out Ireton's 3.5 years as Mayor of Salisbury.
I know many of you have seen the above picture over and over aging but this time I really want you to take a good hard look at it. Do show me ONE place where Mayor Ireton shows the Salisbury Police and Fire Department as a PRIORITY. He does NOT.
Now all of a sudden Mayor Ireton knows there's more than $2,000,000.00+ being returned to the general fund and guess what, LET'S SPEND IT!
Even though emergency personnel are usually EXEMPT from furloughs, did the Mayor treat them as a priority, absolutely not! He went ahead and furloughed them and never looked back, until now.
Ladies & Gentlemen, this is NOT leadership. This is not someone who should be running your City. This is a man who wanted to only give HIS Office Staff raises and NO ONE ELSE in the City. In fact, this is a man who wanted to RAISE taxes in order to accomplish those raises, yet there's $2,000,000.00+ floating around.
I'm just going to make this statement and hopefully all of you hear me loud and clear. This will not happen under my leadership. I WANT Blogs and Main Stream Media to criticize what I do in Office. I WANT each and every one of them to be invited to each and every Press Conference. I WANT them to receive ALL Press Releases. You see, it's not hard to run this City with an open and honest dialogue.
You don't have to point fingers and place blame everywhere else and again the above image PROVES just how hateful Jim Ireton is towards the Council, yet they did what is right in the end. Jim wants to blame everyone else and make it look like a "Council Of No's" yet when you really look at what Ireton proposes as PRIORITIES, hello, wake up people!
When it came to the Mayor wanting to propose 12 new Firefighters through a FEMA Grant, the Council asked a fair question, how much money do we have left over in surplus. It was what we businessmen call compromise and a damn fair question at that. His reply was, NO. He refused to tell the Council what kind of funding was available and Salisbury News learned the Mayor knew the $2,000,000.00+ was floating around August 23rd. The question was asked by Councilwoman Campbell on the 27th, yet the Mayor refused to answer her question.
Ladies & Gentlemen, this is NOT Jim Ireton's money, it's YOUR money! YOU and the City Council have every right to know where we stand financially, especially when making such serious decisions and commitments. Your Mayor refused to answer a simple question and your Mayor knew the answer the entire time.
"This is not Joe Albero's election to lose, it is the Citizens' election to lose."