It is certainly not what Scott Ellis envisioned when he was sworn in as the next mayor for the city of Shepherdsville.
It was probably not what the six members of the city council or city attorney John Cook imagined when they prepared to begin their journey into government.
However, the simple fact is that the city of Shepherdsville overspent its means. There is money that has been spent but there is no cash to pay the bills.
A special meeting Saturday morning may have been the best thing possible for city officials. They came together, threw aside any differences and pledged to vendors who are owed millions that the bills would be paid.
The members of city government sat down and rationally talked about the issue of needing to cut the existing budget and to determine what went wrong.
Some in the public are looking for blood. They want to know why it happened and how it happened. They are looking for someone to blame.
On the other hand, the city leaders have opted to simply understand that problems occurred and now they must rally together to get a plan of action.
There will be plenty of time to point fingers. More importantly, the city must figure out how it is going to pay back those who are owed money. And they must then figure out what can be done to prevent it from happening in the future.
Out of a dark situation may come a much brighter future. This is a time when city officials can become leaders.
It will be interesting to see how they react. Our guess is that they will come out of this in grand form. The city’s future may depend on it.