Taking a look at the adopted budget for 2015-2016 and the actual for 2014-2015 budget interesting. The Deputy Comptroller got a raise 45,000.00 to 50,000.00 (5,000.00) the Director of the Ordinance Department got a nice little raise for himself 44,932.00 to 54,000.00 (9,068.00.) I do not know these people, nor do I say they should or shouldn’t get a raise. I would just like to ask this great administration and this fantastic council ah what are you doing? Is this how you are spending the Headlee Override money that we gave you?
Not only did the deputy comptroller get a raise at one time this position was written out of the budget, brought back within a year of writing it out and now getting a raise. Is this an important position in the City? Yes. Is it necessary to give a raise to this person before we go back to a five day work week? That isn’t for me to decide I don’t sit on the Council. The residents voted to place these seven on City Council to watch over the spending of our tax dollars.
The ordinance department a new department for the City. At one time this department was under another department and only part-timers worked in it. There was and is still a great need for this department and the making of this department was a welcome addition. Former Councilwoman Badalow wanted to do something similar if elected. Her idea was different from this. I’m sure they are doing a great job I for one am happy to hear about the advancement of technology being used in this department. I would ask this question. How does a department head only two years into the job get such a large raise? While the City is still closed one day a week and we are still giving the City three million in Headlee Override money.
How about that overtime? Well, the Building Maintenance department overtime numbers for 2014-2015 $82,164.00. The DPW overtime numbers for 2014-2015 $131,144.00. How’s that four day work week working out for us? Have one of you sitting on that council even ask for documentation from the administration showing how much money the City saved over these past years of having only a four day work week? I guess a better question would be did the administration even keep track of those numbers? Did one of you look and compare overtime numbers for a five day work week and a four day work week. Is there even a way in the City to break down those numbers? Have you all forgotten that the Mayor said over and over again that there is NO OVERTIME! That was part of the deal you Mr. Mayor made with us residents and the Council I see as always you are holding up your end of the agreement. I thank you so much for again showing all of us what a great man you truly are.
I know what some are saying, Kathy why didn’t you bring these things up during budget talks? PLEAZZZZZZZ. As if anything we have to say would make one bit of difference. It’s done now and so be it can’t wait to see what’s going to happen when the union contracts come up next year.