Hello friends and neighbors of Alden
NOvember 6, 2012
Referendum defeated to adding 2 town council person positions.
NO - 2357
YES - 1102
Cost of council person salary - part time job
2013 Budget - $12,875 3% increase from 2012 : 30% increase since 2007
2012 - $12,500 13% increase from 2011
2011 - $11,031 1.5% increase from 2010
2010 - $10,868 3% increase from 2009
2009 - $10,707 3% increase from 2008
2008 - $10,395 5% increase from 2007
2007 - $9,900
**Health Care and Pension benefits available to council person position.
**Current council persons collect NY tax free pensions.
We would not save that much money they argue. Each years savings wound be $41,000 or so. Five years savings would be $205,000. Ten years savings would be $410,000. It adds up and this does not include adjustments for inflation increases or legacy costs of past town board member benefits.
Three member boards are under more public scrutiny and less probable to have a corrupt member.
It has been said we don't want to have three men in a room like Albany. Well the three men in Albany do not constitute a quorum and can legally do business behind closed doors. This is sad. Currently the Open Meetings Law is the most violated law with five member boards. Back room deals are made today. Open Meeting Laws would be strengthened with three member town boards. Now all town business would have to be spoken in public at a properly announced and convened meeting with a quorum of two members on the town board present. The election process is how to insure that corrupt members do not stay on a town board. Five member town boards have a greater chance in that a corrupt member is present.