Methuen’s Budget and Private Fireworks Donations

With all of the talk about budget cuts possibly impacting our annual fireworks display I was pleasantly suprised to receive a check for $1000 from Wal-mart in Methuen as I attended their grand re-opening. That check was the first of several that have come forward to assist with that effort. I appreciate Wal-Marts generosity and community spirit.

As we get closer to July 1st many are asking about the status of Methuen’s budget. I have made a detailed proposal to most of Methuen’s unions that would forestall layoffs in Methuen. I will be making another presentation this morning. The unions have negotiated in good faith, but the day for decision nears. A failure to reach agreement will result in deep cuts in personnel, and there is no way to sugar coat that reality. I will announce the offer publicly next week, and the budget will be brought forward shortly as well. We will take the actions necessary to balance the budget and place Methuen on a sustainable fiscal course.

Wal Mart Presents a Check to Methuen

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9 Responses to Methuen’s Budget and Private Fireworks Donations

  1. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,

    Nice job. Do you think you will save the fireworks program? If it would help, I will donate $25 to the cause. I know Jim and Fred, great citizens, and will donate generously. Where do we send the checks?

    You must have scary thoughts about the next budget.

    Keep a stiff upper lip.

    Jules

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  2. Gerard Donahue says:

    Mayor Manzi:

    Im glad to see the private community involved in the annual fireworks display. Maybe this could be an ongoing event like this and saving Methuen some much needed $$$$

    Gerard

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  3. Fred Mertz says:

    Mr. Mayor:

    I will match Jules’ donation, without question, and with thanks for your hard work on our behalf, if you let us know where to drop the check.

    -FM

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  4. Fred Mertz says:

    … though I think I want to deliver it in a brown paper bag, in unmarked ones.

    Would that be OK?

    -FM

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  5. Jim says:

    Jules.

    Uh….Jim who….? 😉

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  6. Fred Mertz says:

    Jim:

    I thought as much. Moose! Rocco! Help Jim find his checkbook!

    (apologies to Rodney Dangerfield!)

    -FM

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  7. Jim says:

    Sure Fred, I pay by check, and you pay in a brown paper bag with unmarked singles?! Next you’ll be hiding out in underground bunkers…

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  8. Fred Mertz says:

    Jim:

    I would, but I don’t get a good wireless signal from my bomb shelter.

    -FM

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