Newark Mayor: No toilet paper in the city offices

July 26th, 2010 - 10:34 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Newark, July 26 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The mayor of Newark has told the city offices’ numerous workers that they may need to bring their own toilet papers to the office, if they know they might be in need of it, because the city will no longer put toilet papers in the washroom closets.

During a press conference organized by the mayor on Wednesday - Cory Booker said all contracts that are not critical to the city would be cut. The mayor was categorical that it is only contracts that provide safety, fire protection and other things, which make the city comfortable will be continued. All other contracts and, in the mayor’s words, toilet paper is totally off the city’s budget.

Newark needs to cut down on their budget because of high budget deficit and the city plans to save about $15 million because of the measure, which the city authorities have taken.

But others believe the mayor’s harsh budget cut is a revenge on the city council workers who differed a vote on the mayor’s plan to create a city Municipal Utilities Authority to manage the city’s budget. If the city council had approved the mayor’s plan, the city would have issued bonds on authority from the Municipal Utilities Authority to get the money, which they need to run the city. But currently, because the city is strapped on cash flow, the budget needs to be cut.

The cuts will begin in August this year.

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