|Winchendon Town Manager James Kreidler in his office last month ((T&G Staff File Photo/CHRISTINE PETERSON))|
WINCHENDON — Hoping to clear up what he said are misunderstandings surrounding a large deficit in the town budget, Town Manager James M. Kreidler Jr. said at a news conference Monday afternoon there are three simple fundamental truths about the matter.
First, he said, there is no money missing. Second, the town accountant does not work for the town manager, and third, he will have a plan to deal with the budget gap.
Last week the Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 to ask Mr. Kreidler to resign. He refused and because two selectmen supported him, the board could not force him to step down. At least four votes are needed to force his resignation.
Mr. Kreidler said he plans to continue as town manager and is developing a plan to fix the deficit, which he thinks is $2.3 million, but Selectman Blair Jackson said could be as much as $5 million.