Martineau Rebuts Criticism of Wieczorek Spokesman Marshall Cobleigh’s Comments Printed in the Union Leader’s Political Notebook on Saturday, October 28th
As Welfare Commissioner, one of the major problems I have to deal with is homelessness. During my tenure as Welfare Commissioner, no homeless family or individual was ever turned away. Shelter has always been provided. Homeless families are placed in the Manchester Emergency Housing (MEH) shelter. Homeless single males are referred to New Horizons, a well known Manchester shelter. Homeless single females are referred to either New Horizons, or its subsidiary, Angie’s Place.
I am a strong advocate and supporter of both MEH and New Horizons. This year my department will spend $216,000 in support of these homeless shelters. Manchester Emergency Housing is fully funded by the Welfare Department at a cost of $180,000 per year, and New Horizons receives $36,000 from the Welfare budget. If it wasn’t for these shelters, the city would have to operate such shelters at an enormous cost to the city taxpayers.
Wieczorek’s Tax Rate Increases:
Cobleigh accused me of either deliberately lying or not understanding or comprehending how to read the official Manchester tax rates. Let the facts speak for themselves: In 1991 the tax rate was $25.87. For the next seven consecutive years the tax rate increased each year from $25.87 in 1991 to $32.55 in 1998, or an increase of 25.8% during that time. These figures are posted in the Manchester City Government Red Book.
WHAT OTHER FALSEHOODS WILL COME OUT OF COBLEIGH’S MOUTH ON BEHALF OF THE WIECZOREK CAMP?