continued “You are taking pieces of a negotiated contract and using it against [the board] without mentioning that health insurance savings came from the same negotiated contract,” Harrison said. “If you are going to discuss it, you need to discuss it in whole, not take pieces that prove your point and leave out the rest of it.”
Koetzle criticized the previous Democratic administration for leaving contracts unsettled, which resulted in the highest increase in spending. Although, Koetzle said the 2012 Preliminary Budget spends $150,000, or 1.35 percent, less than 2011.
The 2012 budget currently totals nearly $11.6 million and seeks to raise the tax levy by 3.2 percent. Fund balance usage is also dropping again, but at a faster rate than town officials previous planned, which was by 15 percent for several years. The 2012 budget would allocate around $800,000 from the fund balance. The board previously allocated $1.1 million from the fund balance in 2011, which reduced it by roughly $200,000 compared to 2010.
The three full-time positions and two part-time positions are reduced through attrition in the proposed budget and the hiring freeze, initiated by Koetzle, is estimated to yield $147,000 in savings. 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.
Earlier, former Democratic supervisor Frank Quinn urged the board to not override the tax cap.
“Do not pass that law to provide the town the exemption to exceed the 2 percent,” Quinn said.
He also pointed out all elected officials were slated in 2012 to receive a pay raise of 1.75 percent compared to 2011.
“You gave yourself a pay raise!” he said. “I’m impressed.”
Some say raises plan ‘unknown’
Koetzle knowingly included such raises when preparing the budget, which some board members claimed unaware of the increase.