December 30, 2013

"determining the salary of the Highway Superintendent"

My understanding is that the outcome is likely to be a leaving alone or a lowering of the salary, so this isn't a strange post-election payoff, but it is a strange post-election tinkering.

December 30, 2013 - Special Town Board Meeting - for the purpose of determining the salary of the Highway Superintendent

Changing the salary of an elected official during their term apparently requires a referendum, but doing it before the term starts apparently doesn't.

I've heard arguments that a less-experienced Highway Superintendent deserves a lower salary, but this seems like a very strange coda to an upset election. It's not even the newly elected Town Board considering the action. After past conversations about how making this a civil service position would create turmoil, I'm suddenly wishing the job had civil service protections.

Update: The Board voted 4-1 to keep the salary the same.

Posted by simon at December 30, 2013 11:46 AM in
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