So its been a rough two weeks- getting the kids back to school and myself back to work.
I recall reading a comment that was posted on one of the other teaneck blogs. I spent some time looking for it to no avail. (I think it was by "sky king")
The comment was some general ideas and opinions on how he/she would reduce the municipal expenses within the budget.
Included in his ideas (followed by my comments, some which may hurt) are:
Library- reduce hours (100% agree- I have not been to a the library in years but in today's electronic age, heck they don't publish encyclopedias anymore, I would think there is less of a demand. Regardless, it is an extremely costly building to run, especially with staff etc. Opening at noon several days a week can add to sizable savings and not contribute to the illiteracy rate in Teaneck)
Higher rates for the recreation department (100% agree as well- About a year ago I recall a comment in which someone said that for $25 a program, they can sign up there kids, and if they do not go after the first week, nothing much was lost. As a parent of children in some of these programs, they are worth far more then they charge and certainly more then they cost to run, so doubling the cost would still be a partial subsidy but would add sizeable revenue to offset the departments expense)
Volunteer Fire Department (need more info/ ideas here- not my specialty)
Free Senior rides- need based (I think the key words here are need based. While there are certainly a portion of Teanecks elderly that truly need and cannot afford transportation, I am also a little upset by the constant cry of the seniors who cannot afford this or the other thing. Many of our seniors are sitting on properties with no mortgage. Clearly assets worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, and that's not taking into consideration any other assets. While not to sound harsh, I did say need based, if you cannot afford a ride it might be time for a reverse mortgage. Why should i subsidize your heirs? ) I did say that my comments would be truthful and that they may hurt- so note the "need based" portion.