$600,000 Gone from the Budget. What Do We Cut Next?
Posted by whforums on October 15, 2008
What. You think you could do better?
The Courant reports that Adler and Visconti promised a 3.3 million dollar cut, presented a 2.6 million dollar cut, discovered they had cut a whole bunch of services twice (a great way to save money!) and ultimately presented a 1.4 million dollar cut before voting unanimously with the group to approve the $600,000 cut.
Proposed in the Adler/Visconti plan were $500,000 more from the schools and the removal of an undercover narcotics unit from New Britain Ave./Prospect/Boulevard and Park. I can see the justification for asking for $500,000 from the schools (though I don’t agree with it) — but cutting community policing? In the context of the summer we just had (remember that “spike” in crime?) in what way does this possibly sound like a good idea?
*hangs head and slowly shakes it*
So, what now West Hartford? Slifka said last night:
“In the clear light of day, we’re going to have to assess all of these things, but we need to hear from the community.”
So, community, be heard. Where do we start making cuts in town services beyond these $600,000?
I’ll start. As a town of 60,000 people, do we really need two senior centers? Could we move all of Town Hall, with the exception of emergency services, to a 4 day work week? Should we commission a study re: the efficacy of moving some schools to a 4 day school week (I don’t like this idea terribly, but if I’m going to throw that bomb out there about senior centers, I might as well go after the kids, too)? As for leaf-pickup, time to give that up, folks.
Posts later this week about the “Problem with Property Taxes” and the Larson/Visconti/Fournier race.