When the Warwick Town Board voted on the resolution to accept the 2018 Preliminary and Special District Budgets, I voted “no” and was the only Board member to do so.
The reason why I voted “no” is because we are cutting close to a million dollars out of the budget, which will have an effect on the Town Police Department and the Town of Warwick Department of Public Works (DPW). The DPW is in need of equipment and the Police Department is in need of police vehicles – many of their vehicles have over 100,000 miles on them.
I think we should leave $400,000 in the budget for the replacement of some of this equipment because at some point in the foreseeable future we are not going to have any equipment left to run, and it’s going to happen very soon. Although it’s good to make cuts to the budget, at the same time, we need to look at the near future.
I voted against the budget because we are cutting money to make it look good and we are not serving the public in the long run. I am concerned that our Police Department will not have vehicles, especially as needed during the winter months when we have snow or ice storms and people need their help!
One of my concerns is how come the reporter for the Warwick Valley Dispatch did not report my “no” vote at the Nov. 16, 2017 budget meeting? The reporter did not accurately report on the budget hearing.
TOWN COUNCILMAN MICKEY SHUBACK