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Letter: Mayor and Council ‘Break Backs’ Of Taxpayers

Your coverage of the discussion concerning the city’s contract offer to the CSEA at last week’s Glen Cove City Council meeting, as well as the mayor’s subsequent comments, failed to mention that, according to my knowledge, although the offer calls for no increase in 2010, it contemplates a 5 year contract that includes increases of 4 percent per year in the last 4 years. That averages almost 3.4 percent per year over the life of the contract, not including step increases and fringe benefits. A good deal for our hardworking city employees in today’s distressed economy, but one that will “saddle future taxpayers,” to borrow a phrase from the State Comptroller’s recent report.

The mayor’s later claim that the offer had nothing to do with balancing the budget is, at best, disingenuous. The proposed budget included no increases in 2010 for these employees, and the mayor then set out to balance the budget by accomplishing just that. He did it, however, by back loading the future years of a lengthy contract.

Just another example of an election eve balancing of the budget “on the backs of the taxpayers” for the sake of political expediency, and another reason why the budget process should be further removed from the election cycle rather than brought closer to it.

Paul L. Meli - Chairman, Glen Cove Republican Committee