Calderwood criticizes Liechty on how Providence taxes have been handled

One of the controversial mayor races this election year is in Providence where councilmember Don Calderwood is running against incumbent Ron Liechty who is seekng a second term as the city’s top elected official.

On <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk show </a><span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”><a href=”″ target=”_blank”>Wednesday</a>,</span></span> Calderwood said he feels that under Mayor Liechty taxpayer money has been unwisely spent. He cited a recent subdivision request as an example.

“We have been back and forth with that gentleman for 13-14 months,” Calderwood said. “There have been a lot of expense. There have been a lot of attorney’s fees, there have been citizen fees in opposing this and so forth.

“In my opinion, no one wins under those situations. It’s been back and forth from planning, and the council and back to planning. It’s not been handled as a good business, professionally and neighborly.”

Liechty said it’s important to him that each ordinance be followed. He said among his accomplishments as mayor are a stop light on SR 165 and the completed roundabout at 100 North and Gateway Drive. But he said other council members helped make the accomplishments happen.

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