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A scathing critique

Liz Brown was never one to mince words when criticizing Mayor Tom Henry’s administration.

The former Republican city councilwoman, and unsuccessful mayoral candidate, stayed true to form in attacking the lack of financial planning by Henry in a letter written to local newspapers.

Brown said the city had no plan for large expenses, such as its new 911 radio system, and relied on the good fortune of a state accounting error to finance part of it. She also mocked the mayor for creating teams and task forces “complete with logos” to discuss how to spend the money from the lease and sale of the city’s electric utility.

The mayor having a local fiscal group looking into the problems can only mean one thing, Brown argued.

“They know that only the City Council can raise income taxes,” she wrote of the mayor’s administration. “Tom Henry has let the well run dry and wants City Council to bear the burden of filling it, at our expense.”

During her time on the council, Brown proposed several spending cuts, yet struggled to gain support from a council controlled by fellow Republicans.

Henry said he was unsure why Brown seemed to have so much animosity toward his administration. He said while others have since come to him offering to write a response to the letter, Henry said he wasn’t planning to do anything personally, dismissing it as politics as usual.

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