|"Who, me?" Phil Lauer looks into the camera|
Here's what the Home Rule Charter, Northampton County's Constitution, says:
- Section 703(b): Balanced Budget. The total of proposed expenditures shall not exceed the total of anticipated funds available.
- Section 707: "No revenues from the sale of bonds or other forms of indebtedness shall be appropriated to finance annual operating programs or services, except emergency notes and bank borrowings in accordance with § 1.7-705(b)." [Emphasis added].
- Section 705(b): "Emergency Appropriations. To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property, or the public peace, the County Council shall have the power by emergency ordinance to make emergency appropriations in accordance with the provisions of § 1.6-603. To the extent that there are no unappropriated revenues available to meet such appropriations, the County Council shall have the power by emergency ordinance to authorize the issuance of emergency notes or bank borrowings, which may be renewed from time to time, but the emergency notes or bank borrowings of any fiscal year shall be paid no later than the last day of the next fiscal year."
A confident Brown stated he is waiting for a legal opinion, which tells me he's getting one that tells him what he wants to hear as opposed to what the law says.
Though Glenn Geissinger has been reduced to a cheerleader who endorses whatever Brown wants, conservative Hayden Phillips is another story. "I don't think I can sign on to that. This is Basic Accounting 101."
Council has asked for an opinion from their Solicitor, Phil Lauer. I suspect what he says tonight will determine whether Brown's Budget is dead on arrival.