, Newburyport, MA

October 31, 2013

Holaday knows how to manage city's money

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

Let’s look at what’s at stake in Newburyport’s upcoming mayoral election. The city of Newburyport is a lot like a $54 million corporation. It is a highly complex entity providing a wide variety of services to its residents, businesses and city employees. To lead an operation like this requires an intellectual powerhouse at the helm. I think it would also be wise to select a leader who puts families, education and seniors at the forefront. It would be helpful if this leader had extensive political connections and grant-writing expertise to locate and claim monies available to savvy communities. And given the amount of money the city is responsible for, it would also be prudent for the leader of this entity to have a good grasp of finance, investment and funding opportunities. Thankfully for the city of Newburyport, I just described our current mayor, Donna Holaday.

During the upcoming election, we’ll be voting for a mayor who will, in part, serve as a money manager for a $54 million operating budget. Mayor Holaday’s extensive financial knowledge helped her balance the city’s books and helped grow the city’s revenues by $50 million. Under her guidance, we’ve finally gotten the funding approved for the long-discussed senior center and the city is receiving millions of dollars in state aid to build a brand new elementary school to handle the ever-increasing number of families who continue to flock to our great city. That state aid means the city’s taxpayers pay less for these school projects. Additionally, every time I turn around, there’s a new parking lot or new sidewalks being built thanks to the two new revenues streams Mayor Holaday has developed to help the taxpayers of the city keep Newburyport safe and beautiful.

Our next mayor will be managing our money for the next four years. Fortunately, we have a candidate running who has shown her vision and acumen already. For Newburyport’s taxpayers, the smart money is on re-electing Mayor Donna Holaday.

Amanda Phillipson