Well, guess what? That ain't gonna cut your taxes by 10%. And does Kelty offer up any actual plan to level spending? Of course not, it's all smoke and mirrors. Making matters worse he doesn't seem to understand the options available to local government as he thinks House Bill 1478 will some how lower the tax burden:
Kelty said as the Aug. 1 deadline for the bill that allows City Council to set tax policy approaches, he would like to see council create a permanent reduction of taxes in whatever method it chooses.
Readers should understand that 1478 is, by design, revenue neutral - it will not lower taxes. Any candidate running for mayor should understand this. Will the Kelty campaign continue to make promises they can't keep? There was yet another example in today's JG story about the city light fund. Kelty spokesman Mark Garvin said
In general, he would support spending the money only if it would contribute to creating lots of high-paying jobs.That's not what he said before. He was going to put $5 Million into a student loan forgiveness program - how does that create jobs? And what exactly does he plan to do? The current administration thinks Harrison Square is going to create high-paying jobs so Garvin's generalization is pointless.
This is why I want Henry talking about issues because I believe it's a battle Kelty can't win. He pandered his way through the primary due to the ineptness of the Peters campaign but that isn't going to fly in the general election. Matt Kelty should be prepared to defend his positions...