West Haven city employees will take June 29 off without pay courtesy of West Haven’s budget crunch.
“Anything that is done in city hall you will have to either get it done on the 28th which includes paying taxes and the records department, anyplace that’s operated by civilian personnel,” said Mayor Nancy Rossi.
Police and fire will be up and running. They’re giving back a personal day. The city will save $73,000 on labor. That means summer camp programs run by the city will also be closed for one day.
Mayor Rossi said, “They will get a refund for that one day but yes the camps will be closed as well because once again we need everybody to be off the same day to make it very cost effective.”
Charlotte Tottenham said, “You gotta do what you gotta do. There is no money. Save a little money that’s fine.” Sammantha Annunziato added, “That’s peoples’ livelihoods that you are not paying them for and you are just saying hey everyone is getting cut off for the day.”
Fireworks in West Haven will go on as planned, but to offset the cost of overtime and fireworks the city will collect money for parking.
It’s $5 if you have a beach sticker, and $10 without one.
Karen Elimelech said, “I think that is a decent way to bring a little money to the city.”
Thomas Gillia told NEWS8, “It generates money. You have to do something I mean this town is broke from what I understand.”
Annunziato said, “We pay our taxes. We shouldn’t have to pay to park but i feel like people outside of West Haven who don’t have stickers should have to pay.”
Jimmy Ballard said, “Residents that are paying taxes and car taxes and house taxes are going to pay 5 dollars? That will never fly.”
The mayor told NEWS8 she has no choice but to make steep cuts.
Mayor Rossi said, “This was a situation that I inherited. We had an 8-million dollar hole going into this budget. We have a 1.4 million dollars deficit in 2017. We have serious financial condition.”
Locals have mixed reaction.
Sofie Rasile told NEWS8, “Our taxes are already high so I mean she is doing what she has to do.” Elimelech added, “I just don’t think it’s the way to fix things. I say maybe cutback but stop cutting out.”