Town Makes Lavish Purchases After Being Found $7 Million in Debt

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When you are in debt up to your eyeballs, the first order of business is to scrimp and save, right? Well, one Chicago suburb, or at least its mayor, must have missed that in economy class.

According to Chicago’s WMAQ-TV, the Village of Dolton, and more precisely, Mayor Tiffany Henyard, has come under scrutiny of late for some rather questionable spending decisions.

As the outlet reports, the town is in debt. And by no small amount.

In fact, it’s been reported that even the town’s police cars are in jeopardy of being repossessed due to unpaid loans. Sources say that at least six police vehicles and six from the Public Works Departments are late on loan payments, enough that repossession is next on the list.

Naturally, upon receiving notices of these unpaid loans and other bills from village vendors, trustees have sent messages to Henyard’s office. But they are ignored.

Trustee Jason House says he’s “received no less than ten messages from different vendors every time I turn them over to the mayor’s office, and it really falls on deaf ears. And Trustee Brittny Norwood says this has been going on for a while.

“A few months ago, we (Dolton) were $7 million in debt,” she said.

Now, the number could be much more, particularly since Henyard has only spent more since then.

Sources say she is currently embroiled in an expensive lawsuit for terminating the police chief. But she’s also taken a number of lavish trips to Las Vegas, Atlanta, NYC, and the list goes on and on. And each time, she and her team spend thousands on hotel suits and eateries.

She also earns a whopping $280,000 a year for her title as mayor and has hired an expensive PR firm to give the village’s image a makeover.

Needless to say, trustees and the people of Dolton deserve better, at the very least, some transparency. But she won’t let anyone see the books or even attend public board meetings. She uses the police to keep her enemies at bay, too.

However, the Illinois attorney general is now on the case. So I think her spending spree is about up…