Friday, March 23, 2018 01:28

Budget Frustration – Updated

So BOS Chairman Haley is frustrated about their attempt to take a “first look” at the FY10 budget, he’s wasting his time he says. He’s reportedly frustrated because the board asked departments to submit -3% budgets and some of the elected offices did not comply. What does he expect? These are autonomous departments that DO NOT report to the BOS.

In reality Chairman Haley does not need to be frustrated as the BOS has the power and ability to reduce the budgets of these autonomous departments by the -3% asked for. The BOS is responsible for the submission of the budget, and as such could just cut each dept by the necessary -3%, it would then be up to the requisite department to decide what and where they are going to cut from their budgets.

Stop whining and show some leadership Chairman Haley, you and the BOS “OWN” that budget. Get on with it, you’ve been working at the budget since last December and you still can’t come up with a completed one.

Another issue with this budget process is the fact the BOS have not approached the unions and asked them to forgo raises this year to possibly enable the unionized departments to reduce potential layoffs. This shows a huge and remarkable lack of leadership. Many of the surrounding towns have already done this, and the unions agreed. An Example: Webster Police Officer’s agreed to a pay freeze and giving up all 11 paid holidays for next fiscal year, one of them calling it a “no-brainer.” The 22 police officers and five sergeants in the police union are among nearly 100 town employees who have agreed to wage concessions to help save the town approximately $300,000 and prevent layoffs of employees, The Police Chief has agreed to make the same concessions as his staff.

One officer said: “A lot of people think unions never give anything back. They think that in negotiations the object is to get what you can get. To a point, that might be true, but also, the function of the union is to maintain the people you have” . “When you see all these other companies closing or laying off people I think everyone is just glad they still have a job.” Our BOS hasn’t even broached the subject with our unions, this is completely unacceptable. When we have budget problems and the unions aren’t even approached and asked to possibly consider this action we as citizens need to ask ourselves why not.

Why is the BOS so complacent and unwilling to approach our unions and at least pose the question? Again, I’ll tell you why, It’s a lack of leadership from the top down.

Perhaps it’s time for the Finance Committee to take the bull by the horns and get the budget process done. They will certainly do a heck of a better job on the budget than the BOS have done.

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3 Responses to “Budget Frustration – Updated”

  1. Diva says:

    So, Does this mean our town meeting gets pushed out even father? Or, is this really a ploy to leave enough time for the Senior Center cost overrun numbers and the South Meadow road clean (if it doesn’t get approved to be paid for with the “shovel ready stimulus projects” ) so they can added to the town meeting budget and NOT have to call a special town meeting for them?

    What is the rule about the timing of the town meeting and Budget approval?

    I agree they have shown lack of leadership , but what if there is another reason behind this?

    One wonders…And yes, get the Unions to the table…start talkingZ!

  2. Gaelnomore says:

    Anyone care to comment on the school department handing $65,000 back to the BOS then laying off two teachers?! When you you voters realize your schools are a joke?

  3. Huey Luvera says:

    great blog post, it really made me think.

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