Gloversville has funds for city manager

Gloversville taxpayers are paying $42,000 annually for the mayor’s salary.

In addition, taxpayers are paying $70,000 a year for a finance commissioner and $44,000 a year for a deputy finance commissioner, in a Finance Department that consists of three full-time and one part-time employees.

I have no problem with a mayor who works a full-time job elsewhere and only is the mayor part-time, but the pay needs to be for part-time work. Who here works a part-time job and earns $42,000 plus benefits, retirement and insurance? Most Department of Public Works employees do not make that much and they bust their butts working full time for the city.

That being said, the salary for a city manager would come from reducing the salary for a mayor to part-time (about $32,000 a year in savings), and eliminating the finance commissioner (the city manager would take on most of that role, a $70,000 a year savings), which equals a savings of $102,000 a year.

The deputy finance commissioner would become the finance director, which could also be combined with assistant city manager, which could result in increasing that salary from $44,000 annually to $55,000 to cover added responsibilities.

Since the mayor would become a part of the Common Council with full legislative powers, there would not be a need for a councilman-at-large, which would save $4,200. That would leave $95,200 a year to cover the city manager’s salary, at no added expense to taxpayers, but would add a qualified, experienced person to run the day-to-day operations of the city. Someone with the qualifications and experience to bring grants and additional funding into the city that no one has been doing. Someone with the qualifications and experience to bring business to the city to create the jobs and tax base this city sorely needs. Someone with the qualifications and experience to successfully negotiate union contracts, which currently is not being done, and continues to add expenses when the city labor attorney has to be paid to oversee negotiations that go on for years.

I encourage people to get the facts before making their decision about whether or not a city manager is right for Gloversville. Much of what is being put out there is false, by those who oppose it for personal reasons. Make your decision based on fact and based on what is best for the city and taxpayers.

ROBIN WENTWORTH

Gloversville