Just received an e-mail from one of my readers telling me that there was a Councilor on the Radio this morning talking about how he did not support the tax increase.
I sat in Council Chambers last week when they voted on the budget, and the only councilor that voted against it was Councilor Gallant so I will assume that he was on the radio this morning. Interesting when I was sitting there last week there was an opportunity given to everybody to say their piece about the budget. The Mayor made a point of once again mentioning how disappointed he was that so few people came out to budget meetings. Here at this meeting was the perfect forum for everybody to say their piece in favor of or against the budget there was representatives from the ratepayers, a larger than normal crowd of residents. What a great opportunity to speak up if you were truly opposed to this budget with its tax increases, utility rate increases, franchise fee increase, service cuts etc and make those concerns very apparent to the public. Very quickly as the Mayor called for the vote, Councilor Gallant asked that the vote be “recorded” for those that do not know, that means it is shown in the minutes who voted for and against the motion.
All in favor? The Mayor, Councilor’s Gail, Londsbury, Saindon, Mitchell, Opposed? Councilor Gallant. (Councilor Saje was absent).
Did I miss something was there comments made at that point in the meeting where Councilor Gallant explained why he was opposed to the budget, or was this just about being able to say I never voted for a tax increase somewhere down the road. (maybe October)