Niagara Gazette

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November 19, 2012

Budget reduces taxes

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Niagara Gazette — Attempts to reach Stahlman for comment were also not successful on Monday. 

Clark, who opposed the cuts to the building inspection department, questioned the need for a leave of absence in Stahlman's case and also questioned the manner in which it was handled. He suggested the town board as a whole should have been asked to approve the leave as opposed to Sklarski, as the department liaison, delivering the message to Stahlman himself. 

"You need a board resolution to do that," Clark said. 

Clark also questioned the wisdom of eliminating Stahlman's position and reducing a full-time inspector to part-time, suggesting the move will put the department in a position where it will not be able to meet inspection demands for new builds, with a specific eye on commercial properties. Beyond that, he said, the town needs an inspector certified by the state to handle such duties and suggested it would not be appropriate to hire someone from a private engineering company to do such work.

Clark also said additional cuts could and should have been made in other areas of the budget, including stipends for various town-related duties, including, for example, a street lighting inspector that is paid $1,996 for 104 hours of work.

"We can cut more in spending," Clark said. "There's areas in the budget we could have looked at and cut." 

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