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Residents express concerns with Granby pay increases

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.

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Granby Town board works through preliminary budget

by Nicole Reitz

Prior to the latest Town of Granby Board meeting, the tentative 2013 budget was reviewed by the four elected town board members, Supervisor Ed Williamson and Budget Officer John Snow Jr.

The first item discussed was the superintendent of highway’s salary. Highway Superintendent Ray Sullivan is asking for a five-percent raise. The department has requested $49,893, up from last year’s budgeted amount of $47,493. Sullivan replaced former Highway Superintendent Lynn Moyer after her retired and has been in the position for one year.

Council member Lori Blackburn started off the discussion by questioning why the board doesn’t have a written raise policy. “We just arbitrarily pick who gets a raise?” asked Blackburn.

Williamson said that only the assessor and code clerk get the same raise across the board.

“I think he (Sullivan) should spend some more time getting used to his job, before we think about giving him a raise,” said Williamson.

Council member Matt Callen agreed. “With unemployment at ten percent, I don’t think anyone should get a raise right now,” he said. “If you’ve got a job, you’re lucky with the way the economy is right now.”

Blackburn disagreed that Sullivan should be denied a raise, saying that in her experience most everyone gets a raise after their first year. She noted that a three-percent raise would be $1,300.

Snow said that after the primary, the highway superintendent’s salary was increased by $4,392, but the town clerk position was not increased at all. Last year at this time, the town clerk’s salary was cut to $26,250. Ruth Sheldon, who resigned as the town clerk, was making $32,700 when she left her position.

“I think that was because there was a misrepresentation of what the salary was going to be when he (Sullivan) was running,” town board member Susan Richardson said of the salary increase. “And we were trying to make it a little more equitable.”

The highway superintendent position was drastically reduced before the election, therefore Snow wouldn’t call the $4,392 a raise per-say.

Williamson pointed out that when Moyer took the job 16 years ago, he started off by making $34,000 a year.

Richardson argued that it was a different economy then and that one must take into consideration inflation.

Snow mentioned how Sullivan is an elected official and that his interest should be in representing the people.

“But you still have to make a living,” said Blackburn

Snow responded, “If you add up all the payroll on both sides, and include all the benefits, out of our budget, we spend $802,000. What we take in, as far as estimated revenue, 41.6 percent of that is for employees, payroll and benefits, it seems like a lot of money.”

“We have to run the town and pay employees,” said Blackburn.

“You can run the town without a $2,000 raise every year,” said Snow.

While Blackburn still pushed for a raise for the highway superintendent, she said that a five percent increase in salary may not be realistic.

Town board member Joe Cortini asked Snow if there is a standard for small towns as for what the payroll should be as a percentage.

There isn’t, according to Snow, and comptroller’s office can’t decide that for local municipalities.

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