At this point the Town Board has appropriated $175K to bring the town tax increase to over 3%, and still exceed the tax cap. The so-called 2% management increases include Bob-O but they are not as straightforward as that if you read the budget. He’s leaving anyway, and there are already at least 2 people who want the job, so why give a raise there.
But on to executive sessions – The Examiner News quotes Jackie Annabi as saying that the museum contract cannot be discussed in public because it is a contractual matter. Huh?????
This is what the law actually says:
§105. Conduct of executive sessions.
1. Upon a majority vote of its total membership, taken in an open meeting pursuant to a motion identifying the general area or areas of the subject or subjects to be considered, a public body may conduct an executive session for the below enumerated purposes only, provided, however, that no action by formal vote shall be taken to appropriate public moneys:
a. matters which will imperil the public safety if disclosed;
b. any matter which may disclose the identity of a law enforcement agent or informer;
c. information relating to current or future investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense which would imperil effective law enforcement if disclosed;
d. discussions regarding proposed, pending or current litigation;
e. collective negotiations pursuant to article fourteen of the civil service law;
f. the medical, financial, credit or employment history of a particular person or corporation, or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or corporation;
g. the preparation, grading or administration of examinations; and
h. the proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property or the proposed acquisition of securities, or sale or exchange of securities held by such public body, but only when publicity would substantially affect the value thereof.
2. Attendance at an executive session shall be permitted to any member of the public body and any other persons authorized by the public body.
I think all of them should know that.
And Marianne’s replacement said that we don’t know how the library money is spent because it is a contract (not just the library, but all the contracts). I don’t think that is accurate either, although it is not quite as straightforwardly stated in the law. We have done this before, but I will look for the info on that one.