MOUNT VERNON — Representation to Mount Vernon City Council’s 3rd Ward will be decided when ward voters go to the polls on Nov. 5. Incumbent Nancy Vail, seeking re-election, is being challenged by Roger Robertson. Both candidates recently shared their platform with the News, sharing their views on issues currently facing the city of Mount Vernon.
Maintaining financial stability is regularly at the crux of governmental priorities which holds true to these candidates as well.
“Council must always maintain the balance between expenditures and income in doing annual appropriations,” said Vail about council’s fiscal responsibility. “All expenditures exceeding $25,000 must be legislatively approved by council, and those of $50,000 and greater must be advertised for bids.”
Robertson identified a financial problem with the governor cutting local budgets and controlling city finances. “This is a huge problem. I don’t want to see the city be on a dole from some kind of state department. We have to avoid someone else controlling our finances,” he said. “It’s difficult, but I think our council has been doing a stellar job of taking care of spending with what they have. If it keeps shriveling, something will have to be done.”
Personnel matters, specifically within the police and fire departments, have come under scrutiny and have drawn much attention from council members.
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