Is Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs trying to put Plainfield taxpayers on the hook for 30 years worth of payback for a one-time budget gimmick?
Writing in today's Courier (see here), reporter Mark Spivey quotes Robinson-Briggs front man Marc Dashield as saying --
...[E]mbracing the state's three-year [deferral] plan would result in the city paying approximately $600,000 more per year over a 30-year period, although he warned that figure would likely increase as the cost of the pension payments themselves rise...Increasingly, this whole budget fiasco, with the Robinson-Briggs administration resolutely refusing to bring a seriously modified budget proposal to the table and instead shooting for a one-time gimmick that saddles any future administration with the onus of paying off the current Mayor's bill (shades of Christie Whitman!), looks like a 'Hail Mary' pass.
Dashield added that the deferral could be limited to one year in a best-case scenario.
"We definitely need to take it this year," he said, "but next year, our goal is to fund 100 percent."
Not only that, Robinson-Briggs has the nerve to ask the Council to ADD NEW EXPENSES by hiring an IT director AND A 'SMALL' SUPPORT STAFF -- to the tune of what, a quarter of a million dollars or so? -- in this current budget.
Not to worry, it's only taxpayers' money.
More on that later.
- Courier: "City urges deferring pension payment"