I’m having trouble with Jim Francesconi’s candidacy for mayor. The actions of his campaign and his record as a city councilor raise doubts about his ability to be our city’s CEO.
First is his inability to collect the money owed to the city while head of the Bureau of Licensing. According to the bureau’s new director over 10,000 businesses failed to pay their city taxes and over $10 million was lost during Francesconi’s watch. That money would have done a lot to close our city’s budget shortfall.
Plus, he was given access to office space used by the Ball Janik law firm to raise funds. He first failed to report it as an in kind contribution on his campaign finance report, and when once he was caught he amended his report saying that the contribution was worth only $160.
These are the actions of a poor manager.