The city offered early retirement incentives to employees this year, and as a result there are more retirements than usual. The city budget, created and approved by the Council, assumed a savings of $200,000 from these early retirements.
The rationale behind the resolution is that the city should examine whether there can be some streamlining of government functions, eliminating the need to replace some of the retired workers. The resolution states that this examination should be done by the F&G Commission:
Now, Therefore, Be it resolved by the Common Council of the City of Middletown: That Ordinance 74-9, Filling of Vacancies that do not impact public safety be waived and that no vacant position(s) due to retirement shall be filled until such time as the Finance and Government Operations Commission has had time to review said position as to its effectiveness and efficiency.
There was some initial, pretty academic discussion among Commission members about whether this was the right approach, whether such a resolution should be passed just before an election which would lead to a new Council and F&G Commission.
Gerry Daley cut through the pretense and said what others were hesitant to, the goal of the resolution was to stop the mayor from hiring people right before an election which might bring in a new mayor, "I got a problem with that."