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Busted and betrayed: Manchester aldermen break the cap

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June 14. 2018 12:38AM




Manchester Alderman John Cataldo wants to portray himself, and his vote to increase taxes on Manchester homeowners, as some sort of noble decision in the grand tradition of American democracy.

“I understand people will be upset with me. I will bear that burden,” Cataldo said after casting the key vote to override Manchester’s spending cap.

What a load of self-right-eous twaddle.

“I do not support overriding the tax cap to fund salary increases,” Cataldo promised when seeking the office. He pledged to Concerned Taxpayers of Manchester that he would oppose breaking the cap, which requires a supermajority to increase spending faster than the rate of inflation.

Yet his vote on Tuesday night allowed aldermen to bust the spending cap yet again, setting aside $2 million in a “contingency fund” that aldermen will use to pay for new contracts with Manchester firefighters. Teachers also want a new deal.

Aldermen Bill Shea and Barbara Shaw also broke their pledges to abide by the spending cap. Only Aldermen Keith Hirschmann, Elizabeth Moreau, and Joe Kelly Levasseur opposed the cap-busting budget.

Cataldo might have a flowery explanation for his betrayal, but why listen? He has already demonstrated that his words have no meaning.


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