Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Sep 24

Looking at the 2013 Budget – Part I

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

In preparing for the 2013 Budget, I have been looking at each of the thirteen departments we have here in the town and evaluating employee staffing, needs of the departments, and if any outsourcing could be achieved to save taxpayers money.  Over the next two weeks I will give you an accounting of my findings and my thinking on where we are and where we could go; keeping in mind that these are my thoughts only and not of the collective Town Board.

 

Assessing Department:

There is one Department Head, three full-time employees and two part-time employees that take care of over 15,000 parcels in the Town of Webster.  This department is also responsible for the school sponsored STAR program that has over 1,700 Enhanced STAR participants.  Conclusion: the work continues to mount up as the State of New York continues to put unfunded mandates on the town that this department must carry out.  I cannot recommend any reduction to this department.

 

Cable Television

Also known as Community TV, there is a Department Head and three part-time employees that run all of the Town Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals  and Village Board meetings live on Cable Channel 12.  Conclusion: programming would suffer if any reduction in staff, and service then would decline. I cannot recommend any reduction to this department.

 

Town Justice/Courts Department:

There are two elected judges along with three full-time clerks and one part-time clerk. Justice court is, and continues to be, one of the busiest courts in Monroe County.  Conclusion: court cases continue to grow with more drug and domestic violence cases than ever before. No savings can be had here with any reductions unless you want longer wait times for cases to be disposed of and settled. I cannot recommend any reduction to this department.

 

Engineering and Public Works:

There is one Department Head overseeing both of these departments (and also the Building Department) along with one Deputy Department Head.  There is also a secretary and two employees working in the field on inspections and GIS. This department oversees the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals, along with road and other inspections needed in the building area. Conclusion: any employees taken from this department would only lead to longer wait times for inspections of sub-divisions and any other public works projects taking place in town like water and sewer lines extensions.  I cannot recommend any reduction to this department.

 

Building Department:

As one of the busiest departments there is just one Building Inspector, one Code Enforcement officer and one secretary. This department is responsible for building permits and enforcement of our town laws. The department is especially busy in the summer months when we have fence, deck and pool permits in full swing.  Conclusion:

as you can see with vacations and sick time this department as it stands right now is short in personal and could use more back up.  I cannot recommend any reduction to this department.

 

Finance Department:

There is one Department Head and four full-time employees that run and control the daily and yearly finances of the town. They take care of payroll, paying all invoices, audits, taking care of the retirement system, bonds, and any other items dealing with the town’s finances.  Conclusion: this department is maxed out in the way of work and details that are required by the State of New York. No way could this department function with less help. I cannot recommend any reduction to this department.

 

Human Resources:

For this department we currently have one part-time Manager that oversees the HR needs for the town.  This department works along with Finance with retirements, as well as working with hiring of employees, union negotiations, and the overall health and well being of the town employees.  There are 132 full-time employees and over 250 part-time and seasonal employees within the town.  Conclusion: this department should have a full-time person to handle the amount of work generated.  I cannot recommend any reduction to this department.

 

Next week I will discuss the Highway, Information Technology, Library, Police, Parks and Recreation, Sewer and the Town Clerk/Tax Departments.

 

Should you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at supervisor@ci.webster.ny.us

 

Ronald W. Nesbitt

Webster Town Supervisor