The Granby Town board held a public hearing Wednesday on the town’s 2013 tentative budget. Several Granby residents signed up to speak about their concerns with the proposed budget.
Peter Holmes, chairman of the zoning board, attended the hearing to tell the public that he isn’t asking for a raise. “I don’t need raise, I don’t want a raise, I didn’t ask for a raise,” said Holmes.
Rose Anthony, whose attended all of the budget meetings this year, expressed that she was unhappy with the decision by councilors Lori Blackburn, Susan Richardson and Joe Cortini to give pay increases and asked that they consider using taxpayer dollars more wisely.
She praised Town Clerk Janet Ingersoll for declining a $1,200 raise from the town.
“My second complaint is with our highway supervisor. He got elected in January, and his pay was supposed to be $39,000, but he got a raise of $4,000 more, can anyone explain why he jumped to $43,000 right off,” said Anthony.
Ray Sullivan, Granby’s highway superintendent, took office in January and has been in the position for less than one year. Lynn Moyer retired from the job after 16 years, with an final salary in the range of $47,000 to $49,000.
“My problem is that we have elderly in this town that are on social security,” said resident Cheryl Holmes. “We have a lot of people in this town that are working one, two, three jobs just to stay alive and pay for their gas to go back and forth to work, to take care of their kids, and heat their house…You are here to serve the taxpayers in this town. You guys need to start stepping up and saying no raise whatsoever until our town, our state, our country gets back on its feet, and it certainly isn’t right now.”
Supervisor Ed Williamson asked board members if they would want to respond to the comments made. Councilors Blackburn, Richardson and Cortini remained silent.
“I have some comments as supervisor,” said Williamson. “Our present preliminary budget will have to be increased by $2,600 to cover insurance for an employee. This will raise the town tax a little.”
Williamson and board member Matt Callen, who was absent from the hearing, are against tax increases to the town, and have ways to make up the insurance increase, the supervisor noted.
“One, eliminate the $880 raise to the highway superintendent,” he said. “Cut the $600 from the $1,200 we gave the judges for educational money. In the tentative budget, we have $300 for each judge, I feel that is more than enough. Cut the $900 for the temporary clerk for the court. This will total $2,380 to offset the insurance increase for the employee.”
Williamson said that he checked with five courts in Oswego County and found that most of the judges do their own paperwork.