The proposed budget for 2022 contains raises for many town employees. They are long overdue, and I support them as I do the budget. It is under the tax cap, which I have insisted on since I was elected.

However, also included in the budget is a raise for Town Board members and Town Supervisor. I will be refusing any raise. The reason is simple; we are still finding our way out of the pandemic, and many people are hurting mightily. I knew the salary for a Town Board member when I ran 2 years ago. I knew the salary for Town Supervisor when I declared my candidacy. My moral compass will not allow me to increase my salary at this time. It is a personal decision.

Most of my fellow board members are in a different position. They have been on the board for many terms and never received a raise — they deserve to be rewarded for years of hard work with very little remuneration. It is appropriate for them to get this small increase, but not me.

I have been told it may be required that I receive the raise if the budget passes. In that case, I will take the increase and donate it to one or more of the volunteer organizations in town.

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