On Tuesday March 18, 2014, Hamden Mayor Scott D. Jackson presented his proposed budget for fiscal year 2014/2015 to the Legislative Town Council at the Memorial Town Hall to mixed reviews.
“I appreciate the Mayor’s effort to hold the line on spending. However, I am looking forward to carefully scrutinizing this budget for further areas of savings to avoid yet another tax increase on Hamden residents,” said Austin T. Cesare (R-At Large).
The Republican members of the Town Council were critical of the several new town job positions submitted in the proposed budget.
The proposed budget would add such new town positions as a Traffic Calming Specialist, a Program Specialist for Public Information and a new technology department headed by a Chief Information Officer.
“We are going to closely examine these new jobs during the budget process. Should the taxpayers really be asked to pay for a press secretary? We see no need to grow the town government, when we can’t afford the town government we already have.” said Marjorie Bonadies (R-9).
Betty Wetmore (R-At Large) was also critical of the proposed budget. “I’m not happy with all these new jobs.” Wetmore said.
“Any new positions will be carefully evaluated to determine if they are truly needed,” said Austin T. Cesare (R-At Large), the Council’s minority leader.