On the expenditure side, Campbell noted that most of the City's expenditures were fixed obligations. Fifty percent of the budget is "directly related to personnel," and the City is continuing to pay all employees "whether they show up for work or not."
Eileen Halloran (Fifth Ward), who used to be the city treasurer and is a member of the Finance Committee, asked, "Is it too soon to ask department heads, if they had to cut, what they could do?" She went on to suggest, "We could require departments to produce an estimate." Jane Trombley (First Ward), who was part of the meeting but is not a member of the committee, suggested the departments might be asked what they could do to reduce their budgets by 10 percent and then 20 percent. Rebecca Wolff (First Ward) expressed the opinion that the Youth Department "should not be subject to the same kind of cuts." She argued, "The Youth Department is already understaffed and carrying a huge burden," referring presumably to the food distribution program the Youth Department has undertaken with the support of Friends of Hudson Youth.
Among other things of interest:
- In 2019, the City received the $100,000 meant for a truck study. To Gossips' knowledge, no plans have been made to design or conduct that study. Obviously, now is not the time to do so.
- The City has the $200,000 from Stewart's to make improvements to the intersection of Green Street and Fairview Avenue. There seems to be no plan for how to proceed in designing the intersection improvements or to execute them, and it is not clear who is responsible for pursuing this.
- The City's unassigned fund balance has gone from 26.8 percent 25.8 percent of the annual budget. The requirement that the City has imposed on itself is that the unassigned fund balance can never be less than 25 percent of the total city budget. Last night, Council president Tom DePietro asserted, "The reason we have a fund balance is for just this kind of emergency."
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