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Wilmington's Mayor Williams stunned by diminutive size of city budget

I don't know if you caught our follow-up story - which we ran Friday afternoon/Saturday morning - from my interview with Wilmington's new Mayor Dennis Williams, immediately after his short speech in City/County chambers.

In response to my opening question about what had represented his biggest learning curve, his biggest shock, on becoming mayor (almost a throw-away question), Mayor Williams responded that it was the comparatively small size of the city's budget.

I, in turn, was stunned that the new mayor had been stunned. After all, Mayor had chaired the Joint Finance Committee of the Delaware General Assembly. He had a reputation as a numbers guy.

Granted, he wouldn't necessarily know the finer points of the city budget. But, to be shocked by the overall number?

You can hear my interview with Mayor Dennis Williams...

Audio Here

Posted at 7:25am on March 25, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mon, Mar 25, 2013 8:24am
His Honor is coming across as the Democrats' Christine O'Donnell. He is expecting us to believe he had not looked at, not to mention reviewed, the City's budget before or while running for office?

I heard your interview and was amazed at this man. At the same time, I wonder about the Democrat budget process. Until last week, Dems in Congress have avoided the formal budget. Now Tom Gordon gives few details while addressing the County Council and the public. The Wilmington Mayor follows up with brief comments on the city budget.

Mon, Mar 25, 2013 9:52am
I am really not surprised, but then again I don't hold politicians in the highest regard. Most of us would do our due diligence when applying for a job. Politicians really don't care beyond getting elected. I guess Dennis will have to tell a few of his buddies he can't give them the jobs promised at the salaries promised. That's alright; you'll find a way around it. Call Ruth Ann and Paul Clark; they can give you some good pointers.

Mon, Mar 25, 2013 3:37pm
I would venture a Republican would also have been surprised. I know I was. I can't really say why I never knew what the budget was, but most likely it is because it never crossed my mind. Did anyone here on this forum know how big the budget was prior to Dennis's expression of surprise?

In fact, what a great way to jump start some new taxes on the wealthy and businesses, to get that revenue up to the $500 million mark where it belongs...

Mon, Mar 25, 2013 6:15pm
Yep. Let's run all the business owners out of the city, Kavips! Then the criminals can take over after all the jobs are gone from that mass exodus.

Tue, Mar 26, 2013 9:29am
mrpizza: You must pull some of these ideas out of your...ah...ear. You keep thinking people with money are ready to leave whenever their taxes go up.

First off, Delaware is still the US's answer to Switzerland, the Cayman Islands, and Belize for people who want to hide their money in dummy corporations and tax shelters.

Second, if rich people pack up their money and leave, criminals will go, too. As Willy Sutton pointed out, criminals go "where the money is."

But ALL business owners won't leave. Exploiting poor people with no options is very profitable.

Tue, Mar 26, 2013 6:35pm
billsmith: You're right. Let's build more casinos. Gambling, tobacco, and alcohol are the biggest exploiters of the underclass there is, in addition, of course, to Democrats.

Tue, Mar 26, 2013 9:37pm
"In fact, what a great way to jump start some new taxes on the wealthy and businesses, to get that revenue up to the $500 million mark where it belongs..."

Exactly what Detroit did years ago...yes that would be "great" for Wilmington. Chase away the "evil" wealthy tax-base and leave the remaining residents to bare the revenue burden. The businesses and wealthy won't leave the state...just the city of Wilmington.
I know I was superhappy to get out of Wilmington and no longer had to pay the city wage tax when my job relocated outside city limits.

Wed, Mar 27, 2013 9:03pm
EarlGrey: I concur with you. I feel safer delivering pizza in Chester than I do Wilmington.

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