Mayor James J. Fiorentini > Press Release
October 17, 2008
Mayor: City Will Survive $1 Million Cut-- “The Sky Is Not Falling”
HAVERHILL- Mayor James J. Fiorentini today stated that the City would survive the $1 million budget cut made by the Governor. “The sky is not falling” said the Mayor, “and we will survive this.”
Mayor Fiorentini was reacting to Governor Patrick’s decision to cut $1 million from money the city receives to help pay the debt on the former Hale Hospital. The city was left with $1.4 million in State funding for this item for Fiscal Year 2009.
The Mayor said that he would submit a “detailed plan” as early as Tuesday on how the city will balance the budget to meet the cuts. He pledged to submit a two-year plan which would keep some money for next year.
The Mayor also announced that the first departmental budget cuts would be to his own office. “We will cut the Mayor’s office budget by $5,000, which is a cut of 2.7%. That cut will come out of overtime and travel reimbursement for the Mayor,” the Mayor announced.
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