County Control Board Chairman Anthony Baines explains why the board has imposed a hiring freeze and makes a very important point to his critics.
One of the key points in the recent column was that many of the new jobs are largely state reimbursed and therefore have little effect on the county budget. However, aren't the taxpayers of Erie County also footing the bill for state-reimbursed positions?
Isn't the overall idea of fiscal stability to reduce the costs while increasing the efficiency? And shouldn't the taxpayers of Erie County know that simply because a position doesn't show up on the county payroll, that position still affects how efficiently the county is operated?
With Albany seemingly ever-ready to take more in taxes and then dole it back to the communities they took it from, it's become a pat excuse for local governments and school boards to insist that it's free money. Why get upset over this county position, Albany's reimbursing us! You have to vote for this school construction project, Albany will pay for it!
And all too often, it works. Mr. Haynes is to be commended for reminding Erie County that we paid for the state reimbursement, too.