March 28, 2007

New Castle County Council rejects cost-cutting proposals

Posted in New Castle County Politics at 11:05 am by Paul Smith Jr

NCCo rejects cost-cutting proposals

Here’s some of the cost-cutting measures they refused:

1. canceling catered dinners before council meetings
2. freezing pay for certain employees (apparently non union employees, who got the same percentage raises as union staffers, typically 5% raises and 3% cost of living adjustments. Can I become a County employee?)
3. reducing the money council members give away in each community grant from $15,000 to $10,500

Let’s leave aside the second issue just because I don’t feel like dealing with it at this point.

The first issue is crazy. Councilman George Smiley suggested that council members could bring their own food to the meals or have potluck dinners. But, “Some council members balked at the idea, saying the meal was not a luxury during busy meetings days during which they often don’t have time for a long dinner break.” Notice that this objection doesn’t actually address the point Smiley was making. How does the busy day prevent them from bringing food with them when they show up? I do it every day at work. (They could also have ordered food in, if they’re really busy.)

The third issue is also ludicrous. Why should we be giving any money to legislators to dole out as they see fit? Is this really any different from the earmarks that are so controversial in Congress right now? This system is rife with potential for scandal and abuse, as office holders could pass out these community grants as favors to political allies or to buy support. This should be abolished completely, but Council refused any cut.

These refusals to cut needless spending come at a time when County residents face a 17.5% property tax hike. While this isn’t a back-breaking hike for most, it is illuminating that our elected officials don’t seem to think they need to share the pain they’re about to inflict on their constituents. I can picture the ads now:

Oh, that would be sweet.

Crossposted at Gazizza

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4 Comments »

  1. steamboat said,

    great ad, good luck finding a candidate.
    Nobody I know wants anyting to do with county government. Why run for office just to be outnumbered 3 or 4 to 1 by the crooks.

    NCC is becoming like Philadelphia, “content in their corruption”

  2. steamboat said,

    You are the Diogenes of New Castle County…

    good luck.

  3. […] Coons states repeatedly that he “cut wasteful spending” as county Executive, but the specifics of that outlined in this report on the 2010 budget involve 5% pay cuts for county employees and layoffs for paramedics in the training pipeline.  Spending cuts, yes – but wasteful spending?  On the other hand, here are some of the things the county council under Coons declined to cut in 2007. […]

  4. […] Coons states repeatedly that he “cut wasteful spending” as county Executive, but the specifics of that outlined in this report on the 2010 budget involve 5% pay cuts for county employees and layoffs for paramedics in the training pipeline.  Spending cuts, yes – but wasteful spending?  On the other hand, here are some of the things the county council under Coons declined to cut in 2007. […]


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