You know, in the handful of town council meetings that I’ve attended in Tiverton, I don’t think I’ve seen the council vote down a single increase in spending.
Glenn Steckman, the town administrator, just requested permission to advertise for an assistant position that would represent roughly a $10,000 per year increase in salary expense. (The current assistant is under contract, so I suspect increased benefits would also be a consideration.) The council gave him permission to advertise the position, but made no commitment on salary, just yet. The likelihood is minimal, it seems to me, that the council, upon receiving résumés, much less hearing the results of interviews, would decide not to go with the new position.
Inasmuch as I still haven’t climbed the learning curve, I can’t say whether such a position is worth the expense. I do, however, see a large number of For Sale signs in my neighborhood. And the little guy’s hero on the council, Hannibal Costa, is not in attendance.
I really don’t want to become more of a troublemaker than I already am, but many more spending-increase approvals, and I don’t know whether I’ll be able to resist an old time usurpation of the podium.
I should note that the council’s spending has not struck me as profligate or unconsidered. I just don’t think I’ve seen it turn anything down.