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Letter to the Editor: City Finances are Solvent

Mayor Eduardo Montesino addresses concerns about Watsonville's budget and debts.

By Eduardo Montesino, Watsonville Mayor

It is unfortunate that misinformation has led some members of the public to believe the City of Watsonville may be in financial difficulty. The City started addressing budget issues and shortfalls over three years ago. After several public hearings and with the continued support of City employees, the Watsonville City Council adopted a balanced budget in June of this year. This budget contained no further reductions or cuts.

are a state-wide problem affecting many local governments. The particular issue affecting Watsonville is not a threat to our balanced budget. The City has an overall budget of $162 million and the required payment to the state represents approximately one percent. These issues are being addressed with the State in a completely competent and thorough manner and we expect it will be resolved without requiring further payments or penalties from the successor agency.

Morgan Martinez July 20, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Cats out of the bag mayor we know Watsonville is broke.
David H. Perez July 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM
He probably wouldn't understand anyway.
Steve Bankhead July 20, 2012 at 10:34 PM
831local: Thanks for the refreshing dose of irony, criticizing me and Mr. Perez for not being open to Mayor Montesino with our criticism...like posting in the public forum Watsonville Patch isn't being open...while you hide behind a phony ID to throw your little stones. Ooh, me much impressed.
David H. Perez July 20, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Yeah, Mayor, so please tell your handlers to quit trying to blow sugar up our posteriors by writing this fiction.
Keyzer Soze July 21, 2012 at 02:18 AM
"This budget contained no further reductions or cuts"..........except 80 furlough hours for the police department, that has had 5 top step retirements in the last 12 and have no new officers since! If that's not a reduction its definitely a cut!!!!!

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