audio recording budget work session #1 for Fiscal Year 2013-2014.
First public discussion by Village Board members of the 2013-2014 tentative budget, including ideas by some members of the board to reduce the quantity and quality of municipal services (starting with the Mayor's proposals targeting the size of Monticello's police department), changes to health insurance coverage of Village employees and retirees, and raising taxes by several per-cent. No Treasurer was present to answer questions, though one Trustee said she had a copy of an e-mail message from Heather Berg, who is paid $25,000 per year plus benefits to work one day per week, answering some of her questions. Many questions remain unanswered. As it stands, I can not support this budget.
Not one member of the public, press, or Village department heads or workers attended this workshop, though it was announced in advance as an open meeting. Taxpayers and interested personnel are strongly urged to attend these workshops in order to stay informed.
The next budget workshop will be Monday, June 10, 2013, at 10:00 AM, 2 Pleasant Street, second floor. All work sessions are open to the public. According to the Mayor, the Treasurer will be there. A public hearing on a preliminary budget must be held by July 1st, and must be adopted in final form for subission to Albany by July 31st.