continued Ron Severson, chairman for the town Parks and Recreation Commission, said the parks and recreation programs in the town under the proposed budget would face drastic cuts of around $150,000.
“To gut the entire parks and recreation program I think is deplorable,” said Severson. “I know times are tough, but to completely gut that, what does that leave for the quality of life in our town?”
Councilman Wayne Calder commented on how other municipalities were able to come under the tax cap without layoffs proposed.
“I find it difficult to comprehend that the City of Schenectady, the Town of Niskayuna and the Town of Glenville can all stay under 2 percent and not lay anybody off,” said Calder. “Is there some reason why we’re in so much trouble compared to everybody else?”
Tangarone said it is a “simple answer:” he believed the towns are staffed much lighter compared to Rotterdam and the towns haven’t depleted their fund balances as drastically over the last few years.
Glenville freezes new hires
Before Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle even released his budget, he announced a six-month hiring freeze to reap savings.
“[The] hiring freeze is currently for six months and we will reevaluate it at that point if we are going to extend it or proceed from there,” said Koetzle.
The three full-time positions and two part-time positions reduced through attrition in Glenville’s Tentative 2012 Budget and the hiring freeze would result in a savings of $147,000. Other cuts in the budget are $76,000 to the Highway Department’s paving and equipment, $10,000 to the leaf pick-up program while continuing service, $12,000 from non-town run programs and reducing overtime expenses by $10,000.
“I tried to make sure the cuts were in places that would have the least impact to town services,” Koetzle said. “It doesn’t mean we are not going to be challenged to try to find ways to do things differently.”