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BOS Approve Budget Transfers For Salary Increases and Enhancements

A list of salary increases and enhancements totals $45,677.

 

Attached in the gallery is a list of transfer requests for salary increases and enhancements in the amount of $45,677.  The Board of Selectmen approved the requests to transfer funds from the contingency budget to each department's line budget.

Selectman William Rogers moved to approve the transfer requests and Selectman James Gaston seconded.  The board unanimously approved the vote.

Alex Tytler September 09, 2012 at 11:19 AM
How about the actual names? We used to see everybody's salary in the anual budget guide. These numbers are camoflaged and need to be out in the open.
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com September 09, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Interesting. When was this discussed during the budget season, and if it was why was it not budgeted by department rather than taken from the contingency fund. The money is to be used for emergencies, not planned expenses. No wonder the taxpayers have lost truct in the budget process. Below is what the fund is to be used for according to Cary Schierioh in a previous patch comment. Carey Schierloh 10:51 am on Thursday, July 5, 2012 The $250,000 in the contingency fund is for emergencies for either the town OR the school district. This was explained by Pat Llodra at the last LC meeting. The money is not hidden. It is fully disclosed on page 257 of the Budget.
Dee Dee September 09, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Excuse me - but why is anyone getting a raise while those of us paying their salaries are not! That is if we even still have a job.
Lisa September 09, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Hopefully these increases are for the staff and not department heads, who get paid enough
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com September 09, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I don’t recall a discussion about these raises during the budget season, but perhaps I missed it. Why were these not in the departmental budgets rather than using the contingency budget. According to Cary S. as she stated in the Patch that is an emergency fund. Below is what the fund is for according to Cary Schierioh in a previous patch comment. Carey Schierloh 10:51 am on Thursday, July 5, 2012 The $250,000 in the contingency fund is for emergencies for either the town OR the school district. This was explained by Pat Llodra at the last LC meeting. The money is not hidden. It is fully disclosed on page 257 of the Budget.
Truthteller September 09, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Ms. Llodra will you EVER tell us what type of productivity has emanated from the Community Development Director over the past 5 years?How many new businesses added to the grand list? How much do they contribute to the commercial tax base? She now has an assistant and got a raise. Your silence is insulting to the hardworking taxpayers of Newtown who pay you AND her. We deserve better from you both.
Richard Hooker September 10, 2012 at 02:36 AM
nice how they hide the numbers ...go figure....
Truthteller September 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Mssrs Llodra, Rodgers and Gaston: your unanimous approval of these raises does not signify cohesiveness, but rather collusion. Ms. Llodra: now that the Community Development director has received a raise to go along with her paid assistant, will you provide the taxpaying citizens of Newtown a breakdown of this position's production? Exactly how much has been added to our grand list as a result of this office's efforts over the past five years? We deserve to know. Thank you.
Po Murray September 10, 2012 at 08:49 PM
"Preparing For 2013 First Selectman Pat Llodra said she hit the ground running after this year's budget approval as well, proceeding with a reduction that matches the town's operating budget circa 2008. She is scrutinizing commitments, departmental requests, capital projects, and contingency accounts as she begins readying for the early stages of next year's budget preparation process. "The contingency is really our safety zone," Mrs Llodra said. "We'll have to be careful with every dollar, monitoring expenses through next June so we don't have to rely on contingency unless there is an emergency or extraordinary event." " http://newtownbee.com/News/2012-07-19__12-58-49/Budget+Finally+Goes+Through
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com September 11, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I'm not against the raises, probably have had few over the last few years, but it should have been in the budget, not transferred from contingency, that was not transparent.
JJHL September 11, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Has anyone noticed the Finance Director and Assistant Finance Director account for 21.2% of the $45,677. The bean counters take care of themselves. Seriously?
Truthteller September 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM
"Silent Pat." That could be the campaign slogan. It's wonderful how Ms. Llodra will appear and disappear to her constituents when she chooses.
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com September 18, 2012 at 12:29 PM
ccording to the Newtown Bee "During regular meetings September 4 and 10, and with virtually no discussion, the Boards of Selectmen and Finance unanimously approved wage increases for 30 municipal employees." With virtually no discussion. So the question is when did they discuss it, in a smoke filled room. The BOS and BOF especially don't just vote to approve $45,000 being taken from the contingency fund with virtually no discussion. I guess they can do it because they can?
Dun Right September 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Bruce, I couldn't agree with you more. Tax Payers take notice, the schools didn't really need the money they asked for. What happens when there is an emergency and funds are needed from the contingency fund for our schools? Are the staff going to offer to give back their raises? A higher fiscal responsibility is needed within the BOE.

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