Friday, January 1, 2016

Cry Me a River!

Written by Contributor, Dec 14, 2015


To The Editor:
We are going to cry a river because of you!
Taxpayers if you weren’t in attendance Thursday December 10th at the Oswego County Budget meeting you missed legislators crying like babies.
During the meeting the minority caucus asked for several cuts to the budget in an effort to save the taxpayers money.
One of the first ones was a 3% cut in pay to all legislators.
The whining and crying started.
One of the questions by the majority caucus was: When was the last time we received a raise?
I have always been told: You have to earn your pay as well as a raise!
The taxpayers should decide if you get a raise not you.
With some 600 workers that may be losing their jobs it would be prudent to take a cut in pay instead of raising the costs to live in Oswego County.
There was some much whining I thought someone was going to bring out the crackers and cheese.
The whining didn’t stop until they (the majority caucus) all voted NO on the 3% pay cut.
One of the next proposed cuts was to eliminate the mileage reimbursement that legislators receive for traveling to the meeting they attend.
You know the meetings that they receive $12,345 each year to attend.
One main objector to this cut almost acted like a ten-year-old boy at the end of “Old Yeller”(you know when the kid had to shoot Old Yeller and every kid in the theater  was crying.)
Saying how he travels almost an hour to and from the meetings and how he is on many committees.
It was mentioned that everyone knew they had to travel to the meetings when they ran for office.
I say if you can’t afford to travel to your job don’t apply for it.
It got so bad I almost started to tear up myself.
This motion failed along with all others that would have cut almost $800,000 out of the budget.
I want you to remember these hardship cases when you get your taxes and they have gone up.
Thank each and every one of the majority caucus members for their sacrifices and for voting YES to raise your taxes.
Frank Castiglia Jr. County Legislator 25th District
PS I and all other minority members voted NO on this budget. We all voted YES on the 3% cut in pay and YES on the elimination of the mileage reimbursement.

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