the Ridgewood blog feels its Time for action …..
The problem is that furloughs give us short term cuts in spending with out solving the long term systemic problem of budgetary short falls
lets assume the tax base is already stretched to the nines , what can we do to better position ourselves to deliver meaningful services with out driving out the existing tax base?
Lets face the state has a declining population and business have been fleeing the state for years .With the complete break down of the financial sector New York City we can no longer be depended on as an engine of high wage job growth. It is time for us to face facts and start to make the needed decisions .
First follow thru with an immediate short term furlough program .
2nd put an immediate hold on all capital projects unless they are maintenance related
3rd shut down both the senior and youth center at the village hall.
4th All departments commence an audit of there operations leading to an immediate 10% minimum reduction in operating costs to be determine by the department itself.
5th Examine Privatizing the Village waste disposal
6th Look for viable alternative for any village owned property
7th Sorry there is no more pay for play money available any Village contract ie consulting or construction with any out side source needs to bring the price down to a market rate immediately no and if or buts.
8th Any contractor hired by the Village will be liable for any damage ,financial or otherwise caused by over charges , incompetence or incomplete work.
9th Village officials and Village employees will now be liable for any and all damage they inflict on Village owned equipment,
10) All village owned vehicles will be returned by employees and Village owned vehicals will no longer be provided to employees for personal use .
11) the Village manager will conduct an audit of all village purchasing looking for opportunities to save money.
ps we don’t like some of it either and i hate like hell to have to lay anyone off but having gone through this in New York City in the early 90’s ,history shows us the best coarse is act fast and act now!