“The hold is not going to interfere with the regular operations of the city,” Kenney said. “The purpose of the hold is to allow the mayor to examine discretionary spending on an item-by-item basis. City money is taxpayer money, and the mayor believes that every cent of taxpayer money deserves this kind of attention to detail.”
By implementing the hold on spending, Gray made good on one of his most prominent campaign promises. During last fall’s campaign, Gray consistently cited reining in Amesbury’s spending as one of his top priorities on the campaign trail, and during the Oct. 9 debate with former Mayor Thatcher Kezer, he said that if elected he would institute a hold on discretionary spending on his first day in office.