Recall that after the council introduced its own budget at the March 24 meeting, Mayo went on a public relations push, and said the council’s budget would be “catastrophic” to city’s finances.
Mayo held town meetings with his factotums from city hall in tow. Dutifully carrying water for Mayo was The (Monroe, LA) News Star, aka The Mayo Mouthpiece.
City Hall watchers anticipated a lively 4/14 meeting over who would vote how, if Mayo would veto, and if his veto would be upheld or overruled. Then, as the 4/14 meeting got underway, it was announced that the mayor and council had settled their differences.
However, not until Roosevelt Wright’s column in the 4/18 edition of the Monroe Free Press did we know that Mayo put his promises in writing.
Among the document’s points:
Understanding of the Parties – The parties agree and understand that the effectiveness of the Mayor’s Original Proposed Budget is predicated upon the following commitments by James E. Mayo, Mayor:
1. Additional funding for increased safety and protection to police department;
2. Additional funding for ditching, flooding and culverts;
3. Additional funding for wage increases up to a standard minimum wage rate of $10.00 per hour pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement;
4. Funding for “at risk” youth including the Special Skills Program in association with the Home Builders Association;
5. Funding for the Granny Goins Kitchen,O.K. Program and Council of Aging;
6. Funding for programs to beautify and make the City “litter free”;and
7. Overlay of Jackson Street.
It is further understood by the parties that quarterly budget amendments will be presented to the Monroe City Council prior to such budget amendment appearing on the Monroe City Council Agenda and further that a quarterly report on the above stated six(6) commitments be prepared and submitted to the council.
See here the signed document.