Summit Common Council’s decision to borrow and then spend $300,000 for “stamped decorative concrete” (aka cobblestones) in the downtown was not supported by the downtown businesses, and the Democratic candidates for Council released a video criticizing this project as a waste of taxpayer’s money.
Council President McTernan responded with a letter calling this a “political ploy” to question a single line item in a large city budget, and he instead touted the Council’s “fiscal rectitude." However, even Mr. McTernan admits the project faces significant engineering hurdles.
I have to wonder, if criticism of spending $300,000 of taxpayers’ money is a “political ploy," how much more of taxpayers’ money would Council have to waste before acknowledging such a critique as a legitimate issue? How much money might Council waste and continue to claim “fiscal rectitude?"
Instead of defending this project on its merits, Mr. McTernan attempts to discredit the video by implying that $300,000 is not a lot of money. I humbly disagree.
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