Thursday, May 5, 2016

Council Plods Towards Budget Deadline

    Last night, City Council has added a police officer, they say is a result of the police CBA.  The decision actually adds nearly $100K to the spending plan and would add another one percent to the tax hike. Concern over crime and a vexing and growing heroin epidemic prompted the action.
     It's a tough issue, especially after hearing about how many police interventions in overdose cases using the opiate neutralizing drug, Narcan.
    Council also reportedly has drawn a line in the sand on the tax cap.
     Staff is pleading with Council members to bust through the cap. So far there has been no disussion I have heard on why the additional funds from last years sales tax hike do not have a mitigating effect on property taxes. The rate increase of a quarter point will generate an extra $1.1M a year starting with last December 1.
      Council will meet Monday and the entire session is devoted to the Fire Department, and perhaps there will be insight into the strategies and agendies being pursued.
      The local law on the tax cap comes up at the next regular Council meeting. If they don't approve it, they will have to instruct staff to make the numbers work by the May 31 approval deadline.
      Appropriation of fund balance is the easiest route along with some minor cuts and cutting out the management pay raises also has appeal to lawmakers.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/council-decides-to-add-police-officer-in-proposed-budget-20160505

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

If they would just quit using the Narcan, this drug problem would soon solve itself.

Anonymous said...

"Plods" is a good word, several years ago a similar situation occurred in the Parks and Rec Dept with not enough staff, now it's happening again according to Ms. Gardener, but we need another Police Lt.?? Same old council........

Anonymous said...

Teacher's pet pd gets anything they want, meanwhile everyone else gets the shaft. why is that?

Anonymous said...

Teachers pet pd?Really? They got cut a quarter of their force from the nineties on,while others didn't have cuts due to minimum staffing requirements.

Anonymous said...

They're not one in the same, different departments have different requirements.

Anonymous said...

Tru dat 7:39. For example, we have few to no fires while drugs and crime are rampant.

Anonymous said...

The article I read said they were just filling an open position which was going to be lost,they aren't increasing the size of the force at just getting back to where they were.

Anonymous said...

12:31 collect all your facts...what was the number of fire personnel 20 years ago..cut from 120 down, and now still further...
and the narcan.. who uses more, check the facts with the people who carry them and see who is actually using them.
add the position which is needed, fires are down hopefully because of good fire prevention which they are cutting more and more.. lets wait and see when a child hopefully is not hurt because of what they have learned on the street, but i don't think so...
how is that so much more important than teaching kids and the elderly and public about fire safety. Why is there so much difference in what is really important.
And the staff at parks and rec, i'm sure that's important too. answer the phones and schedule things which can be handled by the same type of people who can answer the phone now, or a helper. I teach in the schools and this doesn't make sense. Both safety departments and teaching kids are VERY important. My kids loved the fire trailer. It showed them the closest thing to reality..please think about reinstating that, along with help for CAPC. Many of the underprivileged need this help.

Anonymous said...

Nobody has mentioned the real truth everytime the taxes are raised, which in fact, is often. We live in a small town where employers on average, give out very small raises. If the taxes continuously raise, yet, the paychecks don't increase, how is it even feasible to take more money out of one's paycheck? Why is it the City of Watertown that constantly raises taxes?

Anonymous said...

I can remember at the DPW there was a total of 250 working there in the 80's. Layoffs occurred in the 90's, taxpayers lost services, mistakes are still being made by the higher-ups and the workers pay the price...

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

I'll post this again ... since it didn't make the cut:

Clods plod - nice analogy.

Anonymous said...

So if we still have a Drug problem in the COW adding another officer will solve things??? A Lt. also no first time Patrolman, someone must be retiring soon, so boost the pension, but back to the drug problem, wasn't the Resource Officer and the DARE program supposed to stop Drugs in their tracks???????