medical and we are not legally allowed to be reimbursed by private or public insurance programsfor any part of that expense. A full cost/benefit analysis must be undertaken to determine if theinitial startup costs could justify such a move. I would also like to reallocate personnel in the police department to make sure there is the proper balance between administrative personnel and patrol officers. If I am elected, I would like to put together a transition team that will conducting a360 degree efficiency analysis of every department and service to examine redundancies and seek out cost savings so that on January 1, 2012 I am ready to put into effect the type of changes weneed to run a more efficient and effective organization.
Candidate: Ron Polacco
One of the ways I will alleviate the current tax situation is by cutting budgetary spending and working to expand the tax base in the City. Thiswill lower the tax burden for all taxpayers. I realize that economicrevitalization and a fiscally responsible city government are the keys tohelping Kingston rebound and thrive as a prosperous City.
Candidate: Richard T. Cahill
In order to deal with rising property taxes, the next Mayor must identify realspending cuts. Unlike federal income taxes, which can generate extrarevenue by cutting the rate, city property taxes, by their regressive nature,cannot. As such, only spending reductions will allow for a reduction.I have identified numerous areas where cuts may be made. I have not yetfinished reviewing the 2012 budget proposal recently submitted by Mayor Sottile. To give you some idea of the nature of my proposed cuts, I amincluding my budget proposals* I actually submitted during the 2011 budget process. Almost all of the same concepts apply, though the numbers may beslightly different. (The Account numbers and line numbers are set forth in the 2011 budget proposal.)* EDITOR’S NOTE: Detailed, line by line recommendations for budget reductions, based onMr. Cahill’s 2011 budget, are included in Appendix A.Central Purchasing :Eliminate the entire department (saves $59,828.00) There is no need for this position. There isno reason why each department head cannot make the necessary purchases for his or her department. All receipts for purchases would of course be filed with the City Comptroller toallow for proper auditing.Economic Development Office:Eliminate the entire department (saves $173,639.00) For years, we have dropped hundreds of thousands of dollars into the city’s Economic Development Department. In the most recent budget, the total expenditures for this department totaled nearly two hundred thousand