Monday, November 16, 2009

Public Hearing* On Town Budget Tuesday @6:30PM

Come on out & watch them cut your services ... and make GCSD raise your taxes ... AGAIN!

MPNNews reports: Six jobs are being eliminated.

“Four positions were vacancies,” said Firkins. The other two positions eliminated are family and youth counseling specialists with the help of funding provided by the state. “The state has reduced the funding provided for these programs,” said Firkins.

The town will save $321,000 by cutting the positions.

Firkins said Greece residents will still have access to local counseling services via the Greece Central School District.

Auberger ($114,568), his cronies on the board ($12,500), the town justices ($43,033) and the Receiver of Taxes ($84,414) will RETAIN their pay with NO increases.

SCATS ~~ So let me get this straight. Auberger will ax jobs BUT expects GCSD to pick up the slack? This is how he "keeps taxes low" ?!?! GCSD will hire more to make up for this loss!

* I use this term VERY loosely. You can speak, BUT they will NOT respond to you! It's like talking to a wall.


Anonymous said...

If you talk then you could do it like Shirley Valentine. Start out "Hello, Wall...." and then talk as if they were answering you. They still won't get the real message.

Re: counselor cuts. And what about the youth and families that have no students in the Greece public schools but reside in the town of Greece like those west of Flynn Rd or those in the private schools. Katy wasn't thinking about them now was she?

SCATS said...

To 12:28PM ~~ You made an excellent point regrding the counselors!

Anonymous said...

So you whine about taxes and then whine when someone has to make the tough decisions on what to cut? That's why your team didn't win this year. Thank God.

SCATS said...

To 1:21PM ~~ The problem with this situation is that the Town of Greece often "forgets" to tell the school district they are making these cuts, but at the same time (as in this case) they assume GCSD will be there to provide the services. A few years ago, GCSD accidentally discovered the Town got rid of its truant officers! They also eliminated the Youth Bureau & its services. These things make an impact that gets felt especially if it isn't planned cooperatively. Auberger's "team" has an inability to communicate with anyone. Arrogance personified.

Anonymous said...

I do not believe it is the job of the town or school to provide counseling services. In my experience families that need the services seek them out where ever they can find them. The GSCD offers it is as a band-aid to the bigger problem of parents not raising their children in line with the expectations of the community. The pandemic in Greece is the code of conduct is not worth the paper it is written on, as "special exceptions" are given to many "poor little.....(insert name of your choice)" they have a rough life, they are getting better yadda yadda. Again stick to the code of conduct, parents and students alike!

SCATS said...

To 3:21PM ~~ The pandemic in Greece is actually much larger than the Code of Conduct. The District and the BOE both tend to ignore their own policies & regulations as it pertains to them! They also tend to thumb their noses at the laws, especially the laws concerning Open Govt (The Town of Greece, too!). If the "role models" can't follow their own codes, how can we expect anyone else to do so, adult or student?

Anonymous said...

Even in the "good old days" many people needed some help. It's worse today, given the increased economic and other stresses. I have an impression quite different form that of cr. Most people are hestitant to admit they need help.

Youth services are as imporntat as the senior services the town offers which can support seniors having a rough time.

Anonymous said...

What a wicked witch that Firkins is. $321K huh? Witch slapped by the state who took away the funding huh? Like she doesn't realize where all of these programs come from?

Lesson one Firky: We the taxpayers pay for ALL of this, and don't you forget it you spoiled little shoe princess!

Get used to that $321K. That's probably how much it's going to cost the taxpayers of Greece for that baby per year for the rest of her life.

You people make me sick.

Anonymous said...

So was it 160,500.00 per person, or 56K for 6 people that they were bilking out of the taxpayers, just like they do the allocation of police officers?

People of Greece are getting what they deserve.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha what is this Don Riley thing about?