The Commonwealth Journal obtained information from both Mayor Girdler and Judge-executive Bullock in reporting the situation.
“They (the county) furnished all the stats and what they wanted the people to know and the other side didn’t get to do the same thing,” Jimmy Eastham added.
The Commonwealth Journal reported on the financial impact the city’s claiming of the occupational tax would have on the county and ran estimated numbers provided by County Treasurer Joan Isaacs — numbers that were only calculated based on the assumption that no new funding agreements would be drawn up between the two entities should the city claim its portion of the occupational tax.
“It could be a positive thing for the county if they focus on this,” said Councilor Tom Eastham. “This is an opportunity for the county government to step up and be a positive entity and participate in this program, not that they haven’t in the past ...
“I hope they come through and are willing to sit down and pay their debt and come to an agreement,” Tom Eastham added.
Mayor Girdler had a much plainer way of expressing the city’s intent.
“It’s very simple,” Girdler said. “They owe it, they should pay it.”