The Mayor's proposal will
allow for a forty-five day period, beginning the first day in
March, in which those individuals owing the City money will be
given a waiver on a significant percentage of the interest, collection
costs, and penalties on the total figure owed. By a law from
the State Legislature last spring, the authority to enact such
a program lies with the mayors and city councils of the municipalities
in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
This decision to aggressively
pursue these taxes comes only days after Mayor Fiorentini announced
savings of over $600,000 in the City budget that his consolidation
and reorganization plans, which were implemented last week, have
put towards the massive deficit. Fiorentini also announced last
week the implementation of a spending and hiring freeze to address
the deficit on a daily basis.
"These are all programs
that I campaigned on last fall and I must keep my word to the
Citizens of Haverhill and address the budget deficit on a daily
basis. This is only the beginning. I will leave no stone unturned
and I will seek to save and recover money wherever it is possible."
*Source: City of Haverhill,
Massachusetts Web Site: www.ci.haverhill.ma.us 1-16-04