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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Reining in the city budget

The City Council is scheduled Tuesday (June 2) to address the significant shortfall anticipated in the budget that the current members approved last fall.
They need to look beyond the current budget. Let's see what they intend to do in light of the proposal on the state level to increase local governments' share of pensions from about 7 percent to 11 percent in a couple of years.
Finance Commissioner Ivins supposedly has ideas about how to cut the public safety budget without the police and fire cuts that Public Safety Commissioner Kim is putting forth as a necessary evil.
Police and fire officials, meanwhile, went door-to-door over the weekend, talking to citizens and leaving material urging people to oppose the possible cuts. Didn't see anything in their literature about freezing or cutting salaries or benefits.
The expired contracts for most city employees could hold some of the solution to the budget problems -- or they can continue to build in expenses that will jack up property taxes.

2 Comments:

Blogger uhknee said...

or they can continue to send private investigators to make sure that Skidmore students get arrested for acting their age. Judging by the content of previous blogs and articles, this would be your angle if the budget was expanded rather than cut.

June 2, 2009 at 3:05 PM 
Blogger shanghai dandy said...

B+

Good improvement on your subject-verb agreement!

Keep trying to use BIG words like the way mommy and daddy talk : )

I know you can ace your 4th grade English test next week.

Mr. SD

BTW whose brand new black Lexus is that in the Saratogian parking lot???

June 4, 2009 at 12:04 AM 

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