To the Editor:
Whenever the subject of compensation for elected and appointed officials of New Britain comes up, many residents who choose to comment on the subject do so in a negative manner.
Due to the advances in social media technology, e.g., Facebook, many of the responses are done in relative anonymity, and often involve name calling and other unfortunate language. It appears that compensation for the people holding these positions is the only item that will affect property taxes in the city.
Of the over 2,200 people employed by the city, there are only 22 elected or appointed officials. These people are non-union and so receive no contractual periodic raises.
As usual, many commenters feel that these city officials regardless of the importance of the positions they hold and their effect on city operations, should never deserve or get an increase in compensation. In some cases, increased compensation for these folks has occurred only once in the past 17 years. There are secretarial positions in the city where a person working alone and with no supervision is earning only about 9 pecent less than the mayor. Our mayor on the other hand must answer to the needs of 74,000 people.
It is important to remember that if one totals the amount of the increases that have been requested for these 22 officials, that number would represent less than a fraction of one percent of the city’s General Fund budget! How much do you think that affects one’s property taxes?
Lou Salvio, Alderman