Friday, August 28, 2009
AND HIS STRONG SUIT IS BUSINESS ACUMEN?
When Governor Ted Strickland came to Stark County to tour the Brewster Cheese Factory in early 2008 just after William J. Healy, II had taken office, yours truly spoke with Healy about the condition he found City Hall in on taking office.
Healy said, "Martin, you wouldn't believe it. Janet left things in an absolute mess."
With all the discussion that is going on these days to get Canton solvent again (a meeting Tuesday at the Civic Center on city finances and Allen Schulman - Council president - floating a "trial balloon" on a "temporary" income tax increase), yours truly decided to do a little fact checking.
So, the SCPR placed a telephone call to Auditor Richard A. Mallonn.
SCPR: "Richard, I have been hearing from readers of the SCPR that Janet Creighton left Mayor Healy with s carryover surplus, is this so?"
MALLONN: "Here is the number Martin: on January 01, 2008 the Healy administration had a cash carryover from the Creighton administration of $3,549.333.00.
The SCPR never has been a fan of Janet Creighton, but you got to hand it to her. She did a heck of a lot better job handling Canton finances than our NYU Stern School of Business graduate who is running things now.
So who created the mess?
Of course, the political cover for Healy is that the national, state and local economies have tanked.
And that is so.
But does that explain going from a $3.5 million surplus to a $3.0 million deficit?
Not to the SCPR. does it.
Could it be that Creighton (with no business degree) was better with finances that our MBA mayor?