What really worries Roanoke’s mayor is the fate of the city’s culture.
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers surprised many people last week when he announced that not today, or tomorrow even, but soon, the city will face its own “fiscal cliff.”
No, he didn’t mean the political paralysis, gridlock, deficit-spending, unemployment-raising, cliff-diving kind of calamity permeating all things Washington. Rather, he’s terribly concerned that if nothing changes, city schools will run short of money, and Roanoke’s many arts and cultural institutions will stumble into bankruptcy.
He believes council needs to break their fall with a taxpayer safety net.