Thursday, February 12, 2015

Why Not Start Cutting Here?

Ken O’Brien

Back on November 17, 2014, Councilor Vecchia read a pledge signed by himself and four other Councilors.

The pledge vowed to cut the budgets for all town departments by at least 1% in Fiscal Year 2016.

Tonight’s Town Council agenda provides an opportunity to get a jump on that pledge.

Item 11 on the agenda reads, “Vote to ratify the amendment of Schedule 5 to reflect the wage/classification rate change for the Recreation Director from $16.35/hour to $21.00/hour for 20 hours, as detailed in the Town Manager’s memo attached.”

This item amounts to almost $22,000 per year. Just a shade over three years ago this item was zero.

What advances in town recreation programs in the last three years warrant funding a Recreation Director at almost three times the level it was initially funded when it was started three years ago?

Granted, it’s only $22,000. But if you are going to cut, you have to start somewhere.

Why not here?

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