The Morning Call, Easton Mayor Sal Panto contrasted his own budget with the one adopted by Northampton County Council, after mindlessly listening to a Controller that they themselves censured last year.
"Panto casually contrasted his budget with Northampton County's, which is balanced on the back of its own reserves, a move he called criminal."
Barron assured Council, before its vote, that it could just dip into its fund balance and everything would be right as rain. That's exactly what former Exec. Glenn Reibman did, and the end result was double digit tax increases in 2003 and 2004, layoffs, destroyed morale and 11 unions. Why they listened to a political opportunist with no accounting or executive experience, and who they themselves have censured, is mind-boggling.
Monday Update (12:30 AM) - Mayor Sal Panto has chimed in, explaining his remarks in the comments.