Monday, May 14, 2018
Dem Council Members Eliminate Arts Coordinator in Adopted City Budget
Cutting the coordinator's position saved the city $84,406, though the already-posted position would likely have hired a candidate at a much lower rate.
The budget, developed by the Democratic caucus of the Common Council, was only released an hour before the budget vote on Monday evening. Republicans on the Council complained that neither they, nor the public, was able to examine the budget before it was presented for the vote on Monday.
In other budget developments, the Police Department was denied the ability to hire three new officers as requested. The police officers were to serve as SRO officers in city schools.
The Board of Education budget was technically cut by $500,000, but capital expenditures picked up by the city, new Alliance grant dollars from the state and the Council's promise to allow the Board to carry over funds from previous years, means that the Board of Ed, and new superintendent Dr. Michael Conner will be able to pursue plans for major changes in Middletown's schools.
In the final vote on the budget, all but two Republicans, Deb Kleckowski and Linda Salafia, voted to adopt the budget which was cut by $1.2 million from the budget presented by Mayor Dan Drew.